China lifts Nor­way re­gional salmon ban

Fish Farmer - - World News -

THE Chi­nese Vet­eri­nary Au­thor­ity has lifted its long stand­ing ban on salmon im­ports from three county re­gions in north­ern Nor­way.

The move now means that al­most all Nor­we­gian com­pa­nies can ex­port to what they see as po­ten­tially their most im­por­tant growth mar­ket, al­though sales to China are still rel­a­tively small.

The doors had been closed to fish slaugh­tered on farms in the Nord­land, Trøn­de­lag and Troms ar­eas for the past three years, os­ten­si­bly for health and safety rea­sons, with the Chi­nese fear­ing in­fec­tious salmon anaemia and other dis­eases.

The all-clear was given in a let­ter last month from the Chi­nese Vet­eri­nary Au­thor­ity to the Nor­we­gian Food Safety Au­thor­ity.

It means that the fi­nal trade bar­rier for the sale of Nor­we­gian salmon to the Chi­nese mar­ket has been re­moved. Shares in a num­ber of com­pa­nies with farms in those ar­eas rose on the Oslo stock ex­change af­ter the news.

Fish­eries min­is­ter Per Sand­berg was on hol­i­day in Den­mark when the an­nounce­ment came through, but said the break­through had hap­pened sooner than ex­pected. He said it was good news for the in­dus­try and he ex­pected solid growth to fol­low.

‘I was in China at the end of May and I am sure this will now work well for both coun­tries,’ he added.

In­dus­try and fish­eries sec­re­tary Roy An­gelvik said there were great op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­pa­nies in the three re­gions, which ac­counted for 40 per cent of Nor­way’s to­tal salmon pro­duc­tion.

It was now up to those busi­nesses to take full ad­van­tage of the new sit­u­a­tion. He pointed out that de­spite all the ex­cite­ment when Bei­jing lifted the ex­port ban 18 months ago, China was still lit­tle more than one per cent of to­tal Nor­we­gian salmon pro­duc­tion.

Above: Nor­we­gian salmon

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