Danish minister of fisheries proposes cooperation on “Norwegian Gannet”: “I just want an amicable solution”


The Danish government gets involved in the case of the harvesting vessel “Norwegian Gannet”.

The ongoing lawsuit between the Norwegian government and owner of “Norwegian Gannet,” Hav Line has received considerable attention in Danish newspapers.

On Monday, Børsen set aside two pages to cover the matter. Here it appears that the Danish government is reaching out to Norway.

“I just want an amicable solution between good Nordic neighbours. Without going into detail about how, I am convinced that it should be possible,” says Danish Fisheries Minister Mogens Jensen (S) to Børsen.

Denmark imported Norwegian salmon for EUR 344 million (NOK 3,8 billion) last year.

According to Statistics Norway, Poland was the only country to traded more salmon than Denmark in 2019.

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During a meeting with the Port of Hirtshals and Hav Line, Mogens Jensen briefed himself on the matter, which he will shortly take up with his Norwegian colleague.

Hav Line has an exemption from section 17 of the Quality Regulations, concerning production fish (salmon and trout with wounds, defects and listeners – ed.), until 1st of July 2020.

Until then, the production fish can be sorted at the packing plant in Northern Denmark, Hirtshals, before being returned to Norway for processing.

“I am of course focusing on whether we can get a solution in place for the time after July 1 or as soon as possible thereafter,” Jensen tells the newspaper.

The Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, has not wished to comment on the matter to SalmonBusiness.

“The case is now being considered in the Bergen District Court, and it is not normal to comment on an ongoing trial,” says Ingebrigtsen.