Norway to tackle farmed fish escapes – Fishupdate.com

Norway to tackle farmed fish escapes Published:  04 April, 2005

NORWEGIAN researchers, local authorities and fish farmers have agreed to co-operate on a project to trace fish escapes when the authorities and police cannot find where the fish came from.

In cooperation with the Directorate for Nature Management, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries had an initial start-up meeting on the 30th of March in order to develop better techniques to identify escaped farmed salmon.

The participants came from different research institutes, local government and specialist bodies. The fish farming industry was also represented.

The meeting concluded that a push is needed in order to solve those escape episodes when the source of origin cannot be established.

A project group is to work out suggestions of what kind of research should be undertaken in order to develop the necessary methods.

Co-operation between fish farmers will be of great importance in the project in order to get realistic research material and fish farmers will also test the new methods.

Jens Christian Holm of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries said that most of the escapes that farmers are aware of are registered according to the rules, but that there are some escapes that farmers do not notice themselves and unfortunately probably some that are not reported. It is these that must be handled in a better way than today, both in order to find the origin, but also to be able to learn from what has happened.

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