esearch institutions and businesses in Bergen have been working for a long time to strengthen the city’s position as Norway’s marine capital. The objective is to bring over 1,000 marine research scientists from the University of Bergen (UiB), the Institute of Marine Research and a host of other research establishments and resource management bodies under the same roof.
The results of a survey of the seafood business sector in Hordaland carried out by the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry and NCE Seafood Innovation leave no room for doubt.
These finding were presented to Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and leading members of the Norwegian parliament when the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Resource Group Marine visited Oslo in June.
The initiative is backed not only by the world’s largest and most important producers of farmed salmon and trout, but also by top international producers of farmed-fish feed, the pharmaceutical industry and companies that supply equipment to and engage in technology development for the aquaculture sector.
The catch quota for Norwegian spring-spawning herring was set at 317,000 tonnes in 2016. The year before, the value of Norwegian-caught spring-spawning herring totalled NOK 1.2 billion.
(Source: Institute of Marine Research)