Oslo moves to ease impact of Russian fish ban

Herring

Herring


THE Norwegian government has moved to help the country’s fishing and fish farming industries over come the Russian food ban. One of the first steps is to make it easier for seafood exporters to obtain export guarantees for shipments to countries such as the Ukraine.
 There will also be increased funding for the marketing of salmon, trout and pelagic fish such as herring and mackerel and that will be channelled through the Norwegian Seafood Council. The government is also contacting the Faroese government asking them to scrap their tariff (two Danish kroners per kg) on herring and mackerel landed in Norway.
These latest steps follow a meeting with fishing groups such as Fiskebat, the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Federation with the Fisheries Minister, Elisabeth Aspaker.
Although Norway is not a member of the European Union, the Oslo government gave its full backing to EU sanctions against Russia over its Ukraine policy which is why Moscow has included it in the list of banned countries.
Norway’s Aquaculture Association, whose members are likely to be among the hardest hit, said it was happy with the outcome of the meetings with Mrs Aspaker. She said there was no doubt that the seafood industry was facing a challenging situation, at least in the short term. She added that more time was needed to assess the impact on the aquaculture industry.
The Fishing Vessel Owners Federation also described it as a constructive meeting, saying the government now had a close working dialogue with the industry.