Nor­way push to process more fish at home be­fore ex­port

Fish Farmer - - News -

DE­MAND is grow­ing in Nor­way for more of the fish it ex­ports to be pro­cessed at home be­fore leav­ing for over­seas mar­kets.

The coun­try, say crit­ics, is giv­ing away jobs and money by send­ing out whole fish. For ex­am­ple, more than 85 per cent of the salmon pro­duced by the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try is ex­ported in this way.

By halt­ing this trend al­most 8,000 pro­cess­ing jobs could be cre­ated, par­tic­u­larly in the re­moter coastal com­mu­ni­ties where work is at a pre­mium.

The fig­ure for all va­ri­eties of fish is 69 per cent be­cause more white fish is pro­cessed be­fore it leaves the coun­try.

Re­nate Larsen, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Nor­we­gian Seafood Coun­cil, said: ‘In 2010, the pro­por­tion of un­pro­cessed fish for ex­ports from the white fish, pelagic and aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try was 66 per cent. By 2017, the pro­por­tion of un­pro­cessed fish had in­creased to 69 per cent.’

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