NORWAY’S FISH CULTURE

BY MARKUS GMEINER AND KARIN FALTEJSEK
This is an empty aquaculture, waiting to get refilled with breed fish.

NOWADAYS HALF OF THE WORLD´S FISH SUPPLY IS GROWN IN AQUACULTURES. THEY ARE ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING BRANCHES IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY. CONTRASTING TO PREVIOUS YEARS, NOW 99,9% OF NORWEGIAN FISH ARE BREED WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS. COMPANIES PRECISELY FOLLOW DEFINED GUIDELINES. IN CONVENTIONAL ANIMAL FARMING LIKE BEEF, PIG OR CHICKEN, APPROXIMATELY 175 MG OF ANTIBIOTICS CAN BE FOUND IN A KILO OF MEAT. IN COMPARISON FISH FROM NORWAY ONLY HAS 0,00035 MG, ACCORDING TO THE NORWEGIAN SEAFOOD COUNCIL.
FISH-FARMING IS CONSIDERED TO BE A LONG TERM SOLUTION FOR THE FOOD SHORTAGE OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION. WITH RISING POPULATION WE NEED TO PRODUCE TWICE THE AMOUNT OF FOOD.

Ballstad, the fishing boats are being prepared for the coming cod fishing season.

SPACE IS GETTING SCARCE BUT THERE IS PLENTY OF SEAWATER, SO FISH-FARMS CAN CONTINUE TO GROW.
ACCORDING TO THE UNITED NATIONS THE GLOBAL DEMAND OF FISH AND SEAFOOD CAN BE COVERED BY EXPANDING AQUACULTURES. FOR THIS REASON, NORWAY CONDUCTS INTENSE RESEARCH TO INCREASE PRODUCTION QUANTITIES WITHOUT HARMING ANIMALS NOR THE ENVIRONMENT. FACT IS THAT FISH-FARMS ARE A VALUABLE SUPPLIER OF ENERGY, PROTEIN AND MORE IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS FOR OUR BODIES THAT PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN FEEDING THE WORLD.

Fishheads from cod for the nigerian market.

STOCKFISH IS THE OLDEST TRADING STOCK OF NORWAY. IT GOES OUT TO ALL EUROPE, USA AND AFRICA. THE FISH-HEADS ARE BEING DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO NIGERIA, FOR A PROTEIN-RICH FISH-SOUP. THIS FISH-FACTORY IN BALLSTAD IS BUYING THE FISH DIRECTLY FROM THE PRODUCERS. COD-SEASON IS FROM FEBRUARY TILL APRIL WHEN BIG SCHOOLS OF FISH COME FROM THE BARENT SEA. MILLIONS OF CODS GET CAUGHT AND ARE DRIED IN THE COLD WIND, BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

Jensen, the owner of a fishfactory in Ballstad is loading a truck with his stockfish. This delivery goes out to Holland.
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