Eurofish magazine 4 2013

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Norway seeks to become the world’s leading seafood nation

Strong focus on research, sustainability to propel the seafood industry

Cod being hung up to dry to make stockfish, a traditional product made typically on the Lofoten Islands and exported to southern Europe. Jean Gaumy, © 2010, Norwegian Seafood Council

Investments in research and development, education and training, and a renewed focus on sustainability and innovation will enable Norway to maintain its position as one of the powerhouses of the global marine sector in 2050. Government and industry together are discussing policies and considering measures that will prepare the Norwegian seafood sector to meet the challenges of the future and to maintain and even enhance its role in the Norwegian economy. As it evolves the sector will concentrate on greater value addition, new sources of raw materials, and novel ways of processing them.


ith a mainland coastline of 29,000 km (over 100,000 km if island coastlines are included), Norway has an intimate relationship with the sea, which has played an important commercial,

nutritional, and cultural role in Norwegian society for centuries. Ancient traditions of catching, trading, and eating fish combined with Norway’s natural geographical advantages have laid the foundation for a dynamic fish and

seafood industry. The number of seafood-related companies, the range of products, and the extent of the ancillary goods and services that have sprung from the seafood sector testify to its width and depth.

Contributing to the economy The sea and its bounty are inextricably tied to economic life in Norway. According to a report last year from the independent research Eurofish Magazine 4/ 2013