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Elvestuen grants 3 million extra in the fight against fishing thieves

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Minister for Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen (V) grants an extra 3 million kroner to the state’s nature conservation and will sharpen the penal framework for illegal fishing.

The National Nature Inspectorate receives NOK 2.4 million for increased supervision this season. In addition, NOK 600,000 is allocated to information campaigns for attitude changes.

“At the same time, work is being done to ensure that the increase in funds for supervision is sustainable,” says Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen (V) to the Nation.

In 2018, the National Nature Supervision made the largest numbers in seizures of illegal salmon traps ever with a total of 20 kilometers of illegal nets. Also, so far this year there have been several major seizures of illegal salmon nets.

Climate and Environment Minister Elvestuen also informs the newspaper that the Government will propose to tighten the penal framework for illegal fishing from up to one to two years in prison, to two to five years for serious violations.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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