Fisheries minister Per Sandberg during his visit to the salmon auction. PHOTO: NFD

The salmon license auction completed

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The auction of new salmon production licenses has now been completed. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries has confirmed that 14 aquaculture companies purchased new salmon production licenses for a combined total of €307.8 million.

“I’m delighted that many producers participated in the auction. The support shown reveals we have ambitious producers. That’s great, as growth in the salmon industry can contribute to greater activity and jobs along the Norwegian coast,” said the Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg.

Three auctions
The Ministry of Fisheries and the Directorate of Fisheries have together completed an auction of new salmon production licenses (18-20 June). The auction was announced after the government introduced the new “traffic light system”, designed to ensure sound, predictable growth in the aquaculture industry.

Three auctions were held; the main auction, and two auctions where the remainder of the licenses were put up for auction.

The outcome of the auctions shows that 14 companies were successful with bids, where they bought license capacity to the tune of €307.8 million in total.

“This has enormous significance for municipal Norway, as they will now be recompensed for all the effort they have put into paving the way for the aquaculture industry,” said Sandberg.

Municipalities to receive €334.4 million
Last winter aquaculture companies had the opportunity to buy production licenses at a fixed price. This harvested  €106.2 billion. Coupled with the money raised from the auction amounted to €334.4 million. This will be distributed to the various municipalities through the Aquaculture Fund.

The Aquaculture Fund was established in June 2016. 80 percent of revenue gained from growth in the salmon farming industry is distributed from the fund to all municipalities and county administrative municipalities with marine farming operations.

The type of auction that was selected always carries the risk that not everything will be sold, as was the case with a few licenses. The ministry will consider if, and possibly how, these will be awarded. A decision on this will be announced this autumn.

FINAL LIST: 

Area of production Bidder Volume tonnage Price per tonn in euros
1: Swedish border to Jæren EIDE FJORDBRUK AS 100 13,941
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 493 13,941
7: Nord-Trøndelag with Bindal EMILSEN FISK AS 400 23,868
NORSK HAVBRUKSSENTER OPPDRETT AS 265 23,868
MIDT NORSK HAVBRUK AS 600 22,292
MIDT NORSK HAVBRUK AS 180 22,079
SALMAR FARMING AS 183 22,292
SALMAR FARMING AS 260 22,079
8: Helgeland to Bodø LOVUNDLAKS AS 1,850 26,623
EDELFARM AS 604 22,219
9: Vestfjorden and Vesterålen BALLANGEN SJØFARM AS 200 24,510
BALLANGEN SJØFARM AS 50 24,096
CERMAQ NORWAY AS 2,000 24,510
CERMAQ NORWAY AS 30 24,096
EIDSFJORD SJØFARM AS 200 24,510
LOFOTEN SJØPRODUKTER AS 53 24,510
LOFOTEN SJØPRODUKTER AS 20 24,096
LOFOTEN SJØPRODUKTER AS 32 24,510
10: Andøya to Senja EIDSFJORD SJØFARM AS 517 17,326
EIDSFJORD SJØFARM AS 400 17,621
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 806 17,326
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 170 17,621
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 12 17,326
SALMAR FARMING AS 333 17,326
STINGRAY MARINE SOLUTIONS AS 25 17,326
11: Kvaløya to Loppa EIDSFJORD SJØFARM AS 357 17,303
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 566 17,303
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 4 17,090
NRS FINNMARK AS 300 17,303
SALMAR FARMING AS 333 17,303
SALMAR FARMING AS 10 17,090
12: West Finnmark CERMAQ NORWAY AS 1,200 17,621
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 832 17,621
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 30 17,515
MARINE HARVEST NORWAY AS 17 17,303
NRS FINNMARK AS 400 17,621
NRS FINNMARK AS 100 17,515
SALMAR FARMING AS 333 17,621
SALMAR FARMING AS 47 17,303
13: East Finnmark SALMAR FARMING AS 316 16,771
SALMAR FARMING AS 317 15,816