Top Norway salmon farmers reject fisheries minister's growth initiative

viernes 2 de septiembre de 2016 05:37 GYT

OSLO, Sept 2 (Reuters) -

* Norway's fisheries minister Per Sandberg told Reuters that the country's leading salmon farmers had not applied for permission to increase the maximum allowed volume of fish (biomass) in the sea by up to 5 pct

* The ministry had earlier invited companies to apply for such an increase

* The cost had been set at 1.5 million Norwegian crowns ($180,085.00) per permit, which each hold between 780 and 945 tonnes of salmon

* The deadline for applying was September 1

* The trial period for allowing more biomass (salmon) in the sea will last until end of December 2019

* Sandberg said in an e-mail that he believed this model would be a good way to facilitate growth in output, and said smaller companies has signed up for the trial period

* Sandberg expressed surprise that big salmon companies found the proposed model too expensive

* He added that payments for the permits would go largely to the municipalities and "I think it is right that they get something in return for the job they are doing to facilitate farming"   Continuación...