Hurdles get higher

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Bureaucracy, import duty and international tension are holding back seafood trade, the Norwegian Seafood Council says. Vince McDonagh reports War, international unrest and inflation are creating major challenges for seafood exporters, the Norwegian Seafood Council is warning in its latest update on trade. Salmon and related fish companies are operating in an extremely complex global…

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Norway’s salmon record finally comes to an end

Norway’s amazing three year run of seafood export growth has finally stopped – at least for the time being. Figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council today show a fall in the value of sales, including salmon, both for last month and over the first quarter of 2024. Norway exported NOK 40.2bn (almost £3bn) worth of…

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Seafood Council names new France envoy

The Norwegian Seafood Council has a new envoy to help promote the industry in France, one of the country’s main salmon markets. She is 41-year-old Sigrid Louise G. Philippart (pictured) who is coming into the world of fish from the energy industry. She takes over from Trine Horne who has been doing the job for…

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Brexit ‘costs industry up to £100m a year’, Salmon Scotland chief says

Brexit has cost Scotland up to £100m each year in “lost” salmon exports, according to the industry body, Salmon Scotland. That’s what the organisation’s Chief Executive, Tavish Scott, will be telling MSPs in the Scottish Parliament today. He will be addressing MSPs on the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee as part of their…

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Norwegian salmon prices flat as Easter approaches

Roasted salmon and green beans for Easter brunch

The price of fresh salmon in Norway has fallen for the fourth consecutive week and is now at its lowest point since the end of January. According to Statistics Norway, which monitors prices in a regular basis, the fresh variety was down to NOK 106.19 per kilo (£7.88) last week (week 11). Just a month…

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Export award for krill harvester Aker Biomarine

Krill harvesting company Aker BioMarine has won this year’s Innovation Norway and Eksfin export award. The company was able to convince the jury that it is possible to achieve success through a “targeted, sustainable and innovative strategy”. The award was announced at last week’s Export Conference, held by Innovation Norway and Eksfin, the Norwegian government’s…

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Bakkafrost’s ‘salmon air service’ makes first flight

Bakkafrost CEO Regin Jacobsen has hailed the first flight of salmon on its FarCargo Boeing 757 as a new chapter in Faroe Islands trade history. The aircraft departed from the Faroes with a consignment of premium fresh salmon, landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, for the first time. Jacobsen said: “The aim is…

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X marks the spot


It’s an election year for the Westminster parliament, so what is the aquaculture industry looking for from the politicians? Sandy Neil investigates Brace yourself for a UK election year. A Labour landslide? A Conservative revival? A king-making coalition? Whatever happens, 2024 will surely become another turning point for the country and, for this short time…

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India opens up for Norwegian seafood

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Norway has opened up a new and potentially important salmon market after the signing of a free trade deal with India, one of the world’s largest economies. Although not regarded as a nation of salmon consumers, more affluent Indians are generally partial to Western food tastes. The deal has been negotiated through the trade organisation EFTA of…

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Seafood Council’s former China envoy returns to old job

A former Norwegian Seafood Council envoy to China is returning to his previous role. Sigmund Bjørgo (46) (pictured) takes over from Andreas Thorud, who has left after three years for a senior post in China with the land-based salmon farmer, Nordic Aqua Partners. Børge Grønbech, Director of Global Operations at the Council, said: “Sigmund Bjørgo is strategically…

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