NORWEGIAN Prime Minister Erna Solberg said she hoped a salmon farming visitor centre in Oslo would help address misconceptions about the industry.
At yesterday’s official opening of the centre, called The Salmon, she acknowledged the importance of aquaculture to the country’s economy and said the government was committed to its growth.
‘The salmon industry is already making a significant contribution to Norwegian society,’ she said. ‘It is also helping to further develop the robust local communities along our coastline.
‘The government would like the aquaculture industry to continue to grow. And we are seeking to facilitate this.
‘New technology and knowledge are crucial if we are to develop the aquaculture industry in a sustainable manner.
‘Fortunately, we have highly competent fish farmers and a world-leading supplier industry to advance the industry.
‘Continued growth in this sector is important for successful restructuring of the Norwegian economy.’
The Salmon opened its doors to the public in October last year and has seen more than 5,000 visitors since then.
The brainchild of businessman Petter Sandberg, owner of Oslo sushi restaurant Alex Sushi, and Nova Sea CEO Odd Strom, the centre’s aim is to educate people about salmon farming and to offer salmon to taste.
Yesterday’s ceremony marked the completion of The Salmon’s auditorium and there are also interactive screens to provide insights into the salmon production process, as well as a restaurant.
Solberg said: ‘I hope that both the people of Oslo and tourists visiting our capital will take the opportunity to visit The Salmon.
‘It’s a great place to learn about this crucial industry – and perhaps clear up a few misconceptions as well.’
Picture: Prime Minister Erna Solberg