State won’t reel in fish-farming tax

A Norwegian professor hooked a new proposal this week to more heavily tax the country’s highly lucrative fish-farming operations. Norway’s conservative government and a majority in Parliament seem unlikely to reel it in but debate was flying, even before wealthy and indignant salmon producers dismissed higher taxes as “a Russian solution” fueled by envy. Quickly […]

Seafood exports set new record

Norway’s weaker currency is good for exports, and likely helped seafood producers set a new record in July for the value of their shipments abroad. News service NTB reports that Norway exported 164,000 tons of seafood last month, worth NOK 7.8 billion (USD 876 million). Even though the size of the shipment was lower than […]

Calls roll in for a train line to Tromsø

Norway’s Socialist Left party (SV) is calling “all aboard” for its proposal to build a long-sought train line to Tromsø in Northern Norway. The country’s train service currently terminates in Bodø, but the state railroad directorate has just concluded a study on extending it to Tromsø via Narvik. Called Nord-Norgebanen (NNB), the train line would […]

Vintage vessel gets new berth in Bodø

PHOTO FEATURE: After decades of battling the elements outdoors, Norway’s  last surviving vessel from a vital part of its maritime history has finally won a new and much more worthy berth in the northern city of Bodø. Visitors can now experience the vessel, known as a jekt, from all angles inside a brand new museum […]

More deadly algae found near Tromsø

Salmon producers in Northern Norway were bracing for more losses after dead fish were found this week in four fish farming facilities around Tromsø. Tests showed traces of a natural algae that kills the fish, but fishing authorities think the situation was under control. Salmon farming operations in Troms and Nordland counties were hit hard […]

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 […]

Norway won snow crab conflict

Norway’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Latvian fishing vessel that was convicted of illegally trapping snow crabs off Svalbard. The high court concluded that Norway, which has control over the Arctic island group through an international treaty, has exclusive rights to harvest the crabs. The Latvians’ legal complaint has been working its […]

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 […]

Stock exchange takeover hailed

A constallation of several European stock exchanges called Euronext is offering to take over the Oslo Stock Exchange for NOK 6.2 billion. While its director Bente Landsnes calls the bid “surprising,” major investors seem to support it, with 49.6 percent already agreeing to sell their stakes. Svein Støle, one of the biggest investors on the […]

Seafood sellers wouldn’t shirk Saudis

Norway has officially banned arms sales to Saudi Arabia, following the recent horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but seafood sales don’t seem to be a problem. Norway’s seafood promotion council was in Riyadh this week, despite all the controversy around the Saudi crown prince who’s widely believed to […]