BANNING KAYAKING ON NORWAY´S RAUMA, DRIVA AND VEFSNA

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BANNING KAYAKING ON NORWAY´S RAUMA, DRIVA AND VEFSNA

Post by Astrid H » Thu May 09, 2013 8:46 am

In 2013 there is a partial restriction on kayaking in all three rivers. This ban also includes side rivers and upper stretches of rivers within the entire watersheds. This means that rivers like the Grøvu in Oppdal and Susna in Hattfjelldal comes in under the ban.

The ban is effectuated as of 2013 and is issued by the Food Department of Norway. It thus falls under Norwegian law: This means you will be fined if caught kayaking without proof of disinfection, no matter if you are Norwegian, Russian, Italian or any other nationality. The department has stated that there will be controls.They have also stated that if they do catch kayakers not following the restrictions listed below, they WILL ban these rivers entirely from whitewater kayaking for many years to come.

Gyrodactus Salaris, the salmon parasite that is spreading throughout Norwegian watersheds, is the reason for the ban. It gets spread by kayakers, fishermen and everybody else who carries contaminated water in between the rivers.

To be allowed to kayak these rivers, you mush carry proof of disinfection of kayaks and gear with you. There are different ways of organizing this:

1. You buy the disinfection tablets Virkon S that dissolves in water and then has to be applied to your gear and kayak after all kayaking in these infected rivers. These you can buy for cheap (even in Norway) at the Felleskjøpet stores (The farmer´s store) all over the country.

2. You use one of the disinfection stations that are normally situated at the gas station in the closest town to the infected river. They will give you a receipt for the disinfection. Some places this can be rather expensive though, so always ask the price BEFORE you go kayaking. If you are not willing to pay, and do not have Virkon S, then DO NOT KAYAK in the infected river!

The Norwegian Paddle Federation is working closely with the Food Department on how to handle the situation. As of today they are working on an easily distributed information and disinfection system for international and national kayakers. If you want to stay updated on how this work is progressing, and the status of kayaking in these banned rivers, then follow the open group NPF – Teknisk Komitè Elv on Facebook.

Please help us show the world that kayakers can be responsible, cooperative and considerate so that we can keep paddling these amazing rivers also in the future.

FOR MORE INFO E-MAIL Øivind Kleppe: oakleppe@padleforbundet.no

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Re: BANNING KAYAKING ON NORWAY´S RAUMA, DRIVA AND VEFSNA

Post by Poke » Thu May 09, 2013 9:01 am

Are you saying that the Rauma, Driva and Vefsna ARE NOT infected by this parasite, and to kayak them you need proof that your kit has been disinfected?

Does this mean that all other rivers in Norway ARE thought to be infected, or is this just a trial of sorts?
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Re: BANNING KAYAKING ON NORWAY´S RAUMA, DRIVA AND VEFSNA

Post by Astrid H » Thu May 09, 2013 9:51 am

Disinfection of gear and boats after having paddled the Driva was common practise over the past years as this catchment area was infected. Having read this norwegian article (http://www.friflyt.no/Padling/Her-er-padling-forbudt) I do understand that Gyrodactulus Salaris was now also found in the Rauma and Vefsn catchments, hence disinfiction of kit is a must do to prevent the spread of the parasite! Drying your kit is not accepted anymore!

This is a complete list of affected rivers:
Raumavassdraget (Møre & Romsdal):
Rauma
Ulvåa
Grøna (tribute to Rauma)

Drivavassdraget (Sør-Trøndelag og Møre & Romsdal):
Driva
Grøvu
Tronda
Vinndøla

Vefsnvassdraget (Nordland):
Vefsna
Susna
Mjølkelva
Fiplingdalselva
Unkerelva
Stavasselva
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Re: BANNING KAYAKING ON NORWAY´S RAUMA, DRIVA AND VEFSNA

Post by oakleppe » Thu May 09, 2013 2:44 pm

The rivers have been infected for years. And kayakers haven't infected other rivers for now. We would like it to stay that way. G. salaris is a parasite that can be transported betweens watersheds/rivers in the water inside the kayaks and on wet gear. It kills more or less all the salmon in the river. Socioeconomicly speaking, to treat this rivers and the loss of income from the rivers (fishingpermits etc.) generate costs upward of 1 billion pounds. In grand total, not per year that is.

The infected rivers are going to be treated (kill all the fish) within the next years. If everybody follows this, the activity ban and regulations will be lifted at some point.

It is also mentionworthy that the rivers in the nearby regions may get regulations aswell. The owners of the rivers are scared of this parasite and they have the law on their side to demand a disinfection of the gear, wether or not the river is infected/where you have been.

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Post by Strad » Fri May 10, 2013 8:38 am

I was worried by the title - I initially thought this was an outright ban which would have been a major issue - introduction of tougher disinfection rules is more understandable - this is a nasty parasite that we all need to be careful of.
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Re: BANNING KAYAKING ON NORWAY´S RAUMA, DRIVA AND VEFSNA

Post by DuncanOH » Fri May 10, 2013 2:24 pm

All well and good putting in measures to stop the spread, but if salmon farming is the actual cause of the scale of the problem then it's not going to get better any time soon: [/url]

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Post by oakleppe » Wed May 15, 2013 1:45 pm

DuncanOH: Salmon farming is not a part of the equation here. Maily because of two reasons.

1: Most of the fish farms in this area has trout, not salmon. And if it is a salmon farm and G.salaris is found (beeing inspected twice a year by the authorities), they kill all the fish in the farm. The parasite won't survive in saltwater for more then a week.

2: G.salaris only infects and kills norwegian salmon. Swedish salmon is immune. The parasite is very specific when it comes to its host.

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