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Norway on Path to Becoming World's Leading Seafood Nation

Lucy Towers
24 September 2013, at 1:00am

NORWAY - With the right knowledge and expertise, Norway could become the world's leading seafood nation.

The growth of the marine industry can be huge, said the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, as she presented the government's action plan for boosting marine knowledge.

The action plan contains more than 60 measures. It emphasises three research areas in particular that will be strengthened in the years ahead; knowledge related to the sea and the coast, seafood knowledge and awareness of new possibilities and marine markets.

"Norway is a world leader in marine research and management. The action plan shows what we should prioritise and where we need to strengthen our efforts," said Ms Berg-Hansen.

"Every day Norway exports 36 million seafood meals but, we need more information about nutrients, undesirable substances in seafood and more knowledge about the environmental impact of the aquaculture industry. Therefore we suggest investment in technology and the market."

The plan also launching several initiatives to strengthen recruitment and education in the marine industry.