Sand­berg sets sights on Ja­pan

Fish Farmer - - News -

NOR­WAY’S fish­eries min­is­ter Per Sand­berg was due to visit Tokyo in late June with mack­erel and salmon top­ping the agenda.

Ja­pan is cur­rently Nor­way’s most im­por­tant seafood mar­ket in Asia. In 2016, salmon, trout, mack­erel and other seafood worth NOK 4.4 bil­lion was ex­ported there.

While in Ja­pan he was due to meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives of both the Nor­we­gian and Ja­panese seafood in­dus­tries, along with con­duct­ing po­lit­i­cal talks to strengthen bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Sand­berg said the visit is based on three decades of seafood co­op­er­a­tion with Ja­pan. Thirty years ago it was un­think­able for the Ja­panese to eat raw salmon, even in sushi, but then a Nor­we­gian del­e­ga­tion trav­elled to Asia in 1985. Now the Nor­we­gian salmon is a part of Ja­panese sushi cul­ture.

Above: Per Sand­berg

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