In August 2015, the Norwegian government announced that Fisheries Ministers from Chile, Scotland, Canada and Norway – the world’s four main producers of Atlantic salmon – had signed a joint statement on future cooperation on aquaculture. The respective Ministers met at the annual Aqua Nor event in Trondheim, where the four nations agreed on working together to promote and expand the aquaculture industry sustainably.
The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries views the joint agreement as an excellent opportunity for the four nations to learn from each other:
- Although our industries are competitors in a global market, we share common challenges. By cooperation and exchange of information we can learn from each other in an effort to develop the aquaculture industry in a sustainable way, says the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Elisabeth Aspaker.
Indeed, as stated in the release:
- We will encourage cooperation
- We will exchange information, knowledge and experiences
- We will work together to put seafood on the global agenda on food security and nutrition
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform from Scotland, Dr Aileen McLeod, said:
- I am delighted to be here at Aqua Nor strengthening our international ties with Norway, Canada and Chile, recognising the worldwide importance of aquaculture growth delivered through enhanced co-operation and joint working.
Norway and Aquaculture
The aquaculture industry had its breakthrough in Norway in the early 1970s with the cultivation of Atlantic salmon. Henceforth, Norwegian aquaculture methods and technology have developed at a rapid pace, turning Norway into one of the leading nations within large-scale fish farming.
The joint statement on cooperation on aquaculture is important, not only for future sustainable growth, but also for Norwegian aquaculture and economy. In 2014, Norway exported NOK 69 billion (approx. 53 billion Yuan) worth of seafood and accounted for 37 million (approx. 28, 4 million Yuan) seafood meals consumed globally on a daily basis. Overall, in 2014, aquaculture supported 6350 jobs in Norway.