Ursula von der Leyen visits Bakkafrost HQ

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen was given a first-hand look at how the fish farming industry operates in the Faroes when she visited the islands this week. She was a guest of Bakkafrost, the Faroes’ largest fish farming company, when she toured its Glyvrar headquarters and talked to its CEO Regin Jacobsen. The…

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Fish farmers facing huge fines – if guilty

The six Norwegian salmon companies accused by the EU of price fixing could collectively face fines totalling NOK 13 billion, almost a billion pounds sterling, it has emerged. The EU Commission says they broke competition rules by sharing information on prices and other matters. Potentially, the fines could total 10% of their global annual turnover…

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Italian aquaculture companies facing EU fraud probe

Three Italian aquaculture producers are being investigated by the European Union for alleged fraud. The figure involved, says the EU’s independent public prosecuting office, is around €4.5m (£3.9m). The companies have not been named. A statement from the office said: “Following an investigation by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Palermo and Rome coercive…

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Boost for salmon in new Norway-EU deal

Norway and the EU have signed a new seafood deal which is expected to lead to an increase in salmon trade. Much of the deal simply confirms a continuation of the current arrangement, but the big winners are likely to be Norway’s salmon farmers. Norway’s new Fisheries Minister Cecilie Myrseth said that the EU remains her…

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European producers call for Common Aquaculture Policy

Aquaculture in Europe faces continued stagnation unless there is concerted action on the part of the European Union to give greater priority to food production. So says the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) in its response to reports last week from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and European Commission (EC). The ECA report…

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