Salmon numbers in Hítará river could go down by 20%

An expert at the Iceland Marine Institute says that salmon fishing in the Hítará river will be affected this summer and that salmon numbers will go down by 20 percent due to the effect of the landslide that occurred on Saturday.

Largest landslide to occur in Iceland's history

"We estimated the effect on the land, the river, and the neighbouring rivers," says ichthyologist Sigurður Már Einarsson at the Marine Institute. 

"The disruption has an effect on an area of around 10 km from the conflux of the river Hítará and the river Tálmá and up above the blockage where the lagoon has formed," he tells mbl.is. 

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