Norway push to process more fish at home before export
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.’