A new fee will finance an additional NOK 42 million for stricter control of fisheries next year.
In a press release, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen (H) said that the seafood industry creates important jobs and is essential for the blue economy’s growth.
However, he pointed out that illegal activity in the fishing industry threatens its future.
“Illegal fishing and illegal turnover undermine the sustainability of fisheries management and harm the conditions of competition for serious seafood companies,” Ingebrigtsen said.
The Fisheries Control Committee has found insufficient control over the extraction of fish resources, which creates room for illegal profits.
The government, therefore, wants to strengthen control following the committee’s advice.
An increase of NOK 42 million is proposed for strengthening control mechanisms, and the allocation will be financed by a new control fee for the fishing fleets.
According to the proposal, ships smaller than 15 meters will not pay the first year’s fee.
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