The Six Rivers Project aims to birth and sustain a long-term not-for-profit Salmon Conservation project within Iceland. Partnerships have been formulated with local conservation projects along the main salmon rivers in the northeastern part of Iceland. Knowledge from the local Strengur anglers club and well-informed Ecologists from Oxford University in England is being combined in an effort to maximise the Salmon population and it’s surrounding habitat while simultaneously leaving the remaining wildlife unhindered as much as possible.
History of the Project
In 1962, a group of members visited East Iceland to review suitable options for the club. It was clear that the Selá river was a highly desirable fishing ground given its prolific salmon population and crystal clear water. In 1969, the club acquired the Hvammsgardi farm in Vopnafjörður, turning the main farmhouse into a fishing lodge.
As the years passed, Strengur purchased more farms in Vopnafjörður and the clubs operations have grown in this region of Iceland, including the acquisition of the beautiful Hofsa river in 2009.
In 2017, an agreement was reached for Sir Jim Ratcliffe to purchase the majority of shares in Strengur. He established the Six Rivers Project in order to strengthen the fundamental values established at the time of Strengur’s founding, namely to continue to safeguard the salmon stocks on the rivers by a combination of conservation and responsible fishing policies.
Our Conservation Work
We are engaged in a number of different conservation projects, which together will help reverse the long-term decline of the North Atlantic salmon. Many of these projects are interconnected: for example we commenced work on reforestation following research we commissioned which suggested that a lack of food in the river ecosystem was a major contributing factor to the decline in salmon numbers. Find out more below.