Trawler pulls up dead, decaying body

The crew on board a Norwegian trawler fishing in Arctic waters found a human body snagged in its nets when they pulled them up on Thursday. The vessel immediately headed for the mainland of Northern Norway to turn over the body to authorities. “We thought at first that there were some old clothes lying back […]

Storm cancelled ‘Skreifiske’

The weather was so bad off the Norwegian coast on Saturday that one of the world’s largest fishing contests, Skreifiske, had to be cancelled. It was simply too dangerous for the fishing boats to head out to sea. High waves and strong wind made for a bad combination. Organizers had little choice but to cancel […]

Seafood industry hooks more profits

Seafood producers in Norway will be sailing into the New Year with solid balance sheets, high salaries and, in at least one case, extraordinary bonuses. One young skipper of a fishing boat in Northern Norway earns more than the prime minister. “Business has been very good, especially the last two years,” Line Ellingsen of the […]

Missing missile fires up concerns

Norwegian fishing industry and environmental officials were expressing concern Wednesday over reports that a nuclear-powered Russian cruise missile has gone missing in the Barents Sea. The area is both environmentally sensitive and a rich fishing grounds, raising fears of nuclear contamination. Nils Bøhmer of the environmental organization Bellona is among those worried by a CNBC […]

101-year-old catches really big fish

Odd Borlaug goes fishing just about every day during the summer season, but didn’t start going after wild salmon until he was 75. On Monday, at an age of 101, he hooked one that weighed 4.2 kilos (more than nine pounds), but that was small fish compared to what he caught on Tuesday. Norwegian Broadcasting […]

Visitors flock to North Sea island

UTSIRA: Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians made the best of the country’s last long public holiday weekend until Christmas, and were able to enjoy lots of sunshine and unusually warm temperatures before heading back to work. On this windswept island in the North Sea, cars and people literally burst off the ferry from the mainland […]

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 […]