Seafood sales soar to another record

Even though salmon prices recently sank from record highs, Norway’s seafood industry is swimming in profits. High prices for cod and salmon last winter, along with the reopening of important markets, are likely to generate record revenues of NOK 100 billion this year. Exports during the first half brought in a record NOK 48.1 billion […]

Fast-food salmon chains target Asia

Norwegian salmon producers and entrepreneurs aren’t only keen to boost sales of fresh fish in Asia. Now they’re investing heavily in exporting new fast-food restaurant chains with only salmon on the menu. One of the new chains, called “Pink Fish,” opened its first fast-food salmon restaurant in Oslo last fall, in the basement food-court of […]

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 […]

Seafood sales set another record

Consumers around the world seem to have an insatiable appetite for Norwegian salmon and other seafood. Producers all along the coast exported NOK 94 billion (USD 12 billion) worth of seafood in 2017, setting another record after years of stunning growth. “It was the year of all years,” claimed Norway’s national seafood council. Its numbers […]

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 […]

Free trade talks resume with China

Negotiations finally started up again last week on a free trade agreement between Norway and China, but Norwegian salmon exporters are getting impatient. As of last week, there’d been little if any progress on getting China to open up its market. “We had expected that trade would be normalized during the summer,” Sigmund Bjørgo, chief […]

Millions worth of salmon stolen

Police at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen are investigating the theft of an entire trailer-load of salmon during the weekend. The trailer containing fresh salmon valued at more than NOK 1 million disappeared from a refrigerated warehouse at Gardermoen Saturday night. The fully loaded trailer from Nordland County disappeared from salmon producer Marine Harvest’s facility at Gardermoen, […]

Seafood exports break all records

Despite a decline in the export of trout, herring and shellfish, Norwegian seafood exports have never been higher than they were during the first six months of this year. Their value reached NOK 46.3 billion (USD 5.6 billion), also aided by a relatively weak krone. Sheer volume rose 4 percent, to 1.3 million tons, while the […]

Two kings go fishing on the Lærdal

Norway’s Lærdal River is legendary among wild salmon fishing enthusiasts, and has attracted royalty and international celebrities for years. This week the kings of both Sweden and Norway were among those casting their lines into the river, in the hopes of a good catch. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that King Carl Gustaf of Sweden arrived Sunday afternoon. […]

Little girl hooked big fish, with licorice

An eight-year-old girl reeled in a five-kilo (11-pound) wild salmon from the Gaula River in Sør-Trøndelag late last week, after using a piece of licorice as her bait. “She wanted to dig for some worms, but we didn’t have time,” the father of young Guro Haugen told newspaper Adresseavisen. “I said it was enough with just […]