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French traveller caught poaching in one of Iceland's most expensive salmon fishing rivers

By Staff

  • Norðurá river, mt Baula in background Norðurá is one of the best, and most expensive salmon fishing rivers in Iceland. Photo/Vísir.

A fishing officer at Norðurá river in West Iceland caught a foreign traveller fishing in a river ladder by Glanni waterfall. Norðurá river is one of the best and most expensive salmon fishing rivers in West Iceland. In addition to being engaged in poaching the traveller was using a lure. The use of lures is banned in the river.

Pretended not to understand a word of English
The local news site Skessuhorn reports that shortly before ten on Monday evening the fishing officer was notified of two men fishing in the river. The officer contacted the police as well as investigating the report in person. When he arrived at the scene he discovered only one man, a French traveller who was busy fishing in the river ladder by Glanni waterfall.

"The man was alone when I arrived at the scene. He had no fish with him, and seemed perfectly aware that he was breaking the law, since he immediately seemed not to understand a word of English when I informed him the matter had been reported to the police."

The police arrived at the scene and interrogated the man with the help of smartphones and Google translate.

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The man will be charged with criminal poaching by the fishing club of Norðurá, which owns the fishing rights to the river. He can expect to be slapped with a large fine before leaving the country.

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