Oslo ap­proves ma­jor salmon growth plans

Fish Farmer - - News -

A TO­TAL of 47 fish farm­ing com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing many of the big names in the busi­ness, have been given per­mits to in­crease pro­duc­tion us­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ‘traf­fic light’ scheme, says the Nor­we­gian Direc­torate of Fish­eries.

The value of the ap­pli­ca­tions when the dead­line for new li­cences ex­pired, and based on 449 per­mits, is worth 947 mil­lion kro­ners (£87 mil­lion) and is ex­pected to lead to a growth in ‘green’ biomass of 7,897 tonnes.

The move is ex­pected to bring huge eco­nomic ben­e­fits to many coastal com­mu­ni­ties be­cause two years ago the Nor­we­gian Par­lia­ment (Stort­ing) de­cided to set up an Aqua­cul­ture Fund al­low­ing 80 per cent of rev­enues from growth to be dis­trib­uted among ur­ban and ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The dead­line for new ap­pli­ca­tions ended on Jan­uary 31 and, says the direc­torate, comes af­ter sev­eral years of only rel­a­tively mod­est ex­pan­sion. It is also the first of two rounds of ex­pan­sion, a fixed price sale this time and an auc­tion sale in the spring. The ul­ti­mate goal is growth of six per cent.

Fish­eries min­is­ter Per Sand­berg said: ‘This shows our faith and com­mit­ment to the in­dus­try, which it­self has great am­bi­tion.

‘It will also pro­vide a great deal of in­come for the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties where the growth will take place. And they will re­ceive even more money af­ter the auc­tion sales.’

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