Norway issues a new krill license

The Norwegian government has issued a third krill trawling license to Fish Group of Norway, which had previously had an application rejected according to the undercurrentnews.com.

Fish Group of Norway, as well as Aker Biomarine and Rimfrost, both of whom already have licenses, had applied for the third. Fish Group had previously received a rejection, but appealed the refusal.

“The ministry has thoroughly studied the complaint and finds it difficult to distinguish between the three applications when all the criteria set out are used. I have therefore come to the conclusion that Fish Group of Norway is awarded a new third krill license,” said Harald Nesvik, Norway’s fisheries minister.

The last krill licenses were issued in 2007, when four were issued.

Norway’s decision to issue a new license comes after an international Antarctic expedition that included six research vessels, including Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon, mapped the krill deposits in the Southern Ocean.

“The krill in Antarctica is an important part of the ecosystem. Therefore, it is important to have a precautionary approach and a sustainable harvest. After having recently been informed by the Institute of Marine Research from the research dock in Antarctica, I am confident that harvesting is well within sustainable limits when we expand with a new third license,” said Nesvik.

 

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