We take seafood seriously.
As the largest seafood exporter in the world and Europe’s largest fishing nation, Norway has among the world’s most advanced and well-established systems for responsible resource management, both in fishing and aquaculture. There are no coincidences here, but rather systematic work and strict regulations on all levels that ensure consistent quality, consumer safety and fish welfare with minimum environmental impact.
As a major seafood nation, fisheries are vital for our coastal communities and exports. So important that Norway appoints a Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy to control fisheries policy, regulations, and quotas, and our main resource for developing technical regulations, gear restrictions and day-to-day monitoring is the Directorate of Fisheries.
Our world-class resource management is underpinned by world-leading scientific advice from the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), which is collaborated internationally through the intergovernmental marine science organization, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to guarantee optimum sustainable use of marine resources.