Algae kills 10,000 tons of salmon

Salmon farmers in Northern Norway are in despair, following the natural but deadly blossoming of an algae that’s literally been choking their fish. Wild fish can swim away from the algae, but the salmon contained in offshore production facilities didn’t have a chance when the algae started descending upon them last week. Norway’s state directorate […]

Royals confronted again, now over oil

For the second time in as many weeks, members of Norway’s royal family have been confronted while abroad with what’s seen as the hypocrisy of Norwegian climate and environmental policy. Crown Prince Haakon was the latest to receive a plea for help, this time in a South Pacific island nation that’s threatened by the carbon […]

Royals confronted over salmon farms

King Harald and Queen Sonja experienced an unusual end to their six-day state visit to Chile over the weekend, when they were suddenly surrounded by angry demonstrators in the southern city of Punta Arenas. The royal couple took it in stride, with the monarch even claiming that it was a good example of Chile’s hard-won […]

Fisheries minister off to a rocky start

It’s only been little over a week since Harald Tom Nesvik took on the job as Norway’s new government minister in charge of the fishing industry. On Wednesday he felt compelled to ask the justice ministry to assess his impartiality regarding new guidelines for fish farming, after being publicly challenged over his previous job. Nesvik […]

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 […]

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 […]