Aquaculture and fishing must live with criticism, says seafood chief

Both the aquaculture and fishing industries must learn to accept increased scrutiny, the Chairman of the employer organisation Seafood Norway has said. Gunnar Haagensen told the organisation’s annual meeting: “We have to learn to live with that. Challenges must be met, problems solved.” Haagensen pointed out: “Over the past six months or so, the seafood…

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Seafood Norway signs football star Erling Haaland

Norwegian super striker Erling Haaland is to become an ambassador for the country’s seafood industry. The prolific Manchester City forward has signed a deal with the Norwegian Seafood Council. He will appear in commercials, promotional posters and digital ads worldwide as part of the collaboration. The deal will last for two and a half years and…

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Investments worth £2bn remain on hold, says Norwegian salmon sector

Planned investment programmes in the aquaculture industry worth NOK 30.8 billion (£2.2 bn) have still not been started since the introduction of the salmon tax. That is the conclusion of a survey carried out by NHHS Consulting on behalf of the employer organisation Seafood Norway (Sjømat Norge). Seafood Norway says the report shows that the…

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Time limits on aquaculture permits ‘will create uncertainty’

The industry group Seafood Norway has said there is no need for time limits to be imposed on aquaculture permits. Creating an expiry date for permits, it suggests, would create unnecessary uncertainty. The move has already been suggested, among others, by the county authority in Finnmark where a lot of fish farming is carried out.…

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Norwegian industry dismayed at Fisheries Minister’s dismissal

Both the seafood industry and a number of fellow politicians from the north of Norway  have reacted with dismay over the surprise sacking of Fisheries Minister Bjørnar Skjæran yesterday. This important post has been handed to 39-year old Cecilie Myerseth, who is a professional psychologist but who had been a Labour fishery spokesperson in the…

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Seafood teams pull tonnes of rubbish from Norwegian fjord

Hundreds of seafood industry volunteers collected more than 15 tonnes of plastic and other waste in a huge clean-up operation in and around Norway’s second largest fjord. The event, organised by an environmental group known as Framtidshavet , took place over several days on Hardangerfjord. Henrik Wiedswang Horjen, communications manager at Seafood Norway, said it was painful to…

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Labour shortage fears for Norway’s seafood sector

Employers in Norway’s fishing and seafood sector are worried about being able to get enough workers through the country’s long winter months. Businesses are hoping that the 195,000 Norwegians currently on the unemployment register or looking for work can help to fill the gap, as well as reduce the risk of Covid infected people coming…

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Fish farms urged to go electric

Seafood Norway, the trade organisation which represents companies and employers, has said it is vital that the country’s aquaculture industry should become fully electric within ten years. It made the comments following a serious diesel spill last month when 5,000 litres of oil escaped from a tank at a Nordlaks site in the Troms region…

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Norway salmon farmers facing new tax hit

NORWAY’S fish farmers are facing the prospect of a new production tax from next year. The government has announced proposals for a tax of NOK O.40 (40 øre or cents) per kilogramme on salmon, trout and rainbow trout which is expected to produce revenues of NOK 500 million for local and regional municipalities, mostly in…

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Salmon companies hail export insurance guarantee

NORWAY’S decision to extend export credit insurance for the seafood industry will be decisive for ensuring the flow of salmon exports over the next few weeks, says the employers trade body representing both fishing and fish farming. Sjømat Norge (Seafood Norway) said previous crises had shown just how important the right credit insurance was for…

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