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Norway's fisheries minister says stands by salmon growth model

Wed 21st September, 2016 2:42pm
NY AALESUND, Norway, Sept 21 (Reuters) -  
    ** Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg told Reuters on 
Wednesday: Government will not withdraw the ministry's proposed 
framework for farmed salmon output regulations, despite industry 
claims that the system is unworkable and unfair 
    ** Sandberg: System could undergo revisions though. "I don't 
necessarily think this is a perfect system," he added 
    ** The Norwegian Seafood Federation, representing 
approximately 500 member companies, earlier on Wednesday asked 
the government to withdraw its proposed model 
    ** Sandberg said worries among salmon producers that the 
system will lead to a form of collective punishment were 
unfounded 
    ** The new system could potentially allow the Norwegian 
salmon farming industry an annual volume output growth of 3 
percent, but that's based on every producer being able to keep 
average sea lice levels below a limit of 0.2 per fish 
    ** The Norwegian Seafood Federation argues this is 
impossible as sea lice levels are also linked to the level of 
sea lice in wild salmon 
    ** The government wants the new rules to come into effect in 
2017 
 
 (Reporting By Gwladys Fouche, writing by Ole Petter Skonnord, 
editing by Terje Solsvik) 
 ((olepetter.skonnord@thomsonreuters.com; 0047 23 31 65 97;)) 
 
Keywords: NORWAY SALMON/GOVERNMENT
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