Charles Høstlund, CEO of Norway Royal Salmon.

Triploids given the green light

Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) has been granted permission to release triploid salmon by Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. 

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The decision follows an appeal by the company after the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (FSA) in the Northern Region had declined NRS Finnmark's application for exemption to produce triploid salmon to be released in the sea in 2016.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries has considered the appeal quickly and has ruled in favour of NRS Finnmark. The decision means that NRS Finnmark can release, as planned, 1.6 million smolts in 2016 using the 5 green licenses belonging to the company.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries has not yet completed processing identical appeals from the subsidiaries Nord Senja Laks AS and Nor Seafood AS, where the release of fish is planned later.