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 […]

Frigate’s oil spurs seafood warnings

Oil seeping from the mostly sunken wreckage of the Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad has prompted state food safety agency Mattilsynet to warn against eating seafood caught in the area. Farmed salmon is also being checked for any signs of oil pollution. The warnings were issued Friday amidst plans to raise the stricken warship and transport […]

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 […]

Solberg reins in errant minister

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has broken her initial silence over Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg’s controversial summer holiday in Iran. Now she claims there’s “no doubt” he should have reported where he was going before leaving for Iran, and that he thus has violated government regulations. “I have spoken with Per Sandberg,” Solberg told reporters when […]

Holiday in Iran hounds minister

Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg claims his summer holiday in Iran this month was strictly private, but it’s been raising plenty of very public questions. That’s because Sandberg, from the anti-immigration Progress Party that wants to restrict refugee arrivals in Norway, traveled to the controversial country with a woman who came to Norway as an asylum […]

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 […]

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 […]