Grimsby welcomes new Viking invasion –

Grimsby welcomes new Viking invasion Published:  16 March, 2011

GRIMSBY was the landing ground for a new Viking invasion last night – but unlike the first one 1,400 years ago, this one was welcomed with open arms.

The fishing port which owes its ancient origins to the Vikings is today the focal point for a major conference hosted by the Norwegian Seafood Export Council. The aim of the conference is to increase exports of Norwegian fish into the UK, via the Humber.

Last night around 100 local fishing leaders and representatives from Norwegian fishing companies attended a special  pre-conference seafood dinner especially prepared by the Gastronomic Institute of Norway.  Johan Kvalheim from the Norwegian Seafood Export Council said Britain was his country’s sixth largest market for fish.

He said Norwegian seafood exports were now worth £6-billion a year and hugely important to a country which had 6,000 fishing vessels and more than 12,000 fishermen.

Several leaders from Norway’s fishing industry will speak at today’s conference.

Simon Dwyer, Chairman of the Trade Corridor Group that is responsible for developing trade opportunities for the seafood cluster and whose operating partner is The Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education said: “This event has generated tremendous interest. Seafood trade with Norway has been established for many years but due to a combination of factors including an increase in quotas, a downturn in other North Atlantic supplies, plus the enormous appetite for fish that feeds the UK’s leading seafood cluster, there is a mutual desire to establish new trade links and partnerships. We expect to see a growth in seafood trade from Norway and that in turn will see additional seafood shipped through the ports of Grimsby & Immingham. We also expect new initiatives such as, the likelihood of flying in fish as air-cargo direct from West Coast Norway to Humberside Airport.”