Norway is the world’s second largest exporter of fish, only passed by China. The value of exported fish and fish products in 2012 was more than NOK 52 billion. Salmon counted for 60 percent of the exported fish.
Russia has ambitious plans for fish breeding. By 2018 they plan to produce 80.000 tons of fish.
“I believe we will be able to build a new, large industry in Norway. In the same way as we have a huge supply industry for the oil industry, we want to build a large supply industry for the fishery sector”, Lisbeth Berg-Hansen said to e24 after a meeting in Moscow with her Russian counterpart Andrey Krayny.
The two countries have decided to establish a working group to develop Russian fish farming industry. “They are very interested in getting help, and our companies have both the technology and knowledge needed to build sustainable fish farms”, Berg-Hansen said. She believes that export of fish farming equipment in some years can be as big a business as export of the fish itself. Almost all equipment used at fish farms in Norway today is of domestic production.
Still ‘njet’ to 13 Norwegian fish exporters A delegation from the Ministry of Fisheries and the Norwegian Food Safety Authorities was in Moscow last week to try to solve problems connected to Russia’s ban on imports from fifteen Norwegian salmon and trout producers. Two of the companies are now given green light for export after having their production facilities inspected by Russian authorities this summer. The 13 others still have to wait for additional inspections in November.
According to Russian Rosselkhoznadzor, laboratory tests made in April this year showed that parts of the Norwegian fish imports contained too high levels of parasites. Russian authorities threatened to ban all imports of Norwegian fresh fish.
Over the last years, fish export to Russia has boomed and the Russian market is now the biggest for Norwegian seafood. So far in 2013, the Norwegian exports to Russia has declined year-on-year within practically all fish products, among them salmon (19%), trout (10%), herring (32%) and capelin (46%). However, the value of the Norwegian export remains significant. In the first five months of 2013, the export was worth €307 million, a five percent decrease from the same period in 2012, figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council show.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.