Whale quota raised as hunt declines

Norway’s fisheries minister, Per Sandberg, has raised the quota for the country’s controversial whale hunt to a level that’s three times the size of last year’s total catch. He claims he’s simply trying to keep the hunt alive. “Norway has a viable whaling business, despite zero subsidy and that Japan is the only market outside […]

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 […]

Hackers hit Norway over whale hunts

Norway has emerged as a top target of hackers and social activists known as “hacktivists.” The reason: Norwegian whaling, which now is making a wide range of both public- and private -ector Norwegian websites vulnerable to hacker attacks that already have all but shut them down. Security experts in Norway aren’t only worried about the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]