Military fights to shut down fish farm

Norway’s defense department (Forsvaret) wants authorities to shut down a fish farming operation off the coast just north of Bergen. It claims the operation creates noise that disturbs its efforts to track foreign submarines or other vessels in the area. The salmon and trout producing company Blom Fiskeoppdrett AS has so far fended off the […]

Warm-water fish show up in Norway

For the second time in a week, fish that thrive best in warm waters have been found beached in Norway. Scientists think they’re being carried north by warm currents, and note that such sightings are most common in the autumn. A group of children out on a midday excusion along the shore at Huk on […]

EU claims rights to Svalbard’s bounty

The European Union claims that vessels from member nations have a right to catch just as much of the crabs found on the seafloor around Svalbard as Norwegian vessels have. The claims set the stage for more drama in a conflict that goes far beyond crab, and may trap Norway itself over its claims to […]

Famed river falls victim to utility firm

Norway’s Lærdal River has long attracted wild salmon fishing enthusiasts including royalty and rock stars, all of them eager to cast their lines from its banks. On Monday the water level in the scenic river suddenly fell when a local ultility firm made a big mistake, raising fears that several generations of salmon have been wiped out. “I couldn’t […]

Trawler freed from arrest in Russia

A Norwegian trawler held in Murmansk for allegedly catching shrimp illegally in Russian waters was finally sailing home on Friday. The vessel Remøy was released from three weeks in custody after Norwegian and Russian officials came to terms over what amounted to a clerical error. The drama was set off because Norwegian fishing officials had failed to check off a […]

Ministers agree to fight illegal fishing

National fisheries ministers from all over the world were in Oslo this week to unify in the fight against illegal fishing, estimated to be worth more than NOK 190 billion a year. Norway has played an active role in getting an agreement against illegal, unregistered and unreporting fishing into place. “Illegal fishing poses a threat to […]

Solberg launches new research vessel

Prime Minister Erna Solberg officially launched Norway’s new marine research vessel, the Dr Fridtjof Nansen, in Oslo over the weekend amidst claims it will be used to share knowledge, competence and technology among oceanographers and fishing officials in developing countries. After spending the weekend in Oslo, where it was open to visitors, the vessel was sailing […]

Seafood sales keep soaring into 2017

Norway’s seafood industry, especially salmon, is starting the New Year off with even more record high prices and strong demand. Salmon prices are also expected to rise by another 10 percent in the first half of this year, and the industry is considered one of the country’s most secure. “It looks like 2017 will be even […]

Norway and Russia strike new fishing deal

For the second time in recent weeks, Norway and Russia have shown they can rise above political tensions to strike agreements on some key Arctic issues. After first agreeing on how seismic vessels can cross back and forth over the two countries’ offshore border in the Barents Sea, now they’ve agreed on a new batch […]

Fishing boats haul in unusual catches

There’s been some unusual fish swimming in Norwegian waters lately, and fishing boats off both the southern and northwestern ends of the country reported some unique catches this past week. Newspaper Firda and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) told the ultimate “big fish” story on Monday for Tore Hillersøy and his crew off the coast of Ålesund. They […]