United around seafood

The Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Ms. Helga Pedersen, at the SEAFOODplus conference in Tromsø. "It's very important for Norway that we participate in the SEAFOODplus research programme", said Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Helga Pedersen. Yesterday, she opened the SEAFOODplus Conference in Tromsø.

The Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Ms. Helga Pedersen, at the SEAFOODplus conference in Tromsø.
The Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Ms. Helga Pedersen, at the SEAFOODplus conference in Tromsø.

"It’s very important for Norway that we participate in the SEAFOODplus research programme", said Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Helga Pedersen. Yesterday, she opened the SEAFOODplus Conference in Tromsø.

About 170 people are participating at the conference, where the main emphasis is from research communities in Europe and the USA. The conference is the third in a row, and this year Fiskeriforskning is the host.

SEAFOODplus is the largest research programme on seafood that the EU has ever supported financially, and where 200 million NOK will be used.

Consumer-oriented

"Until now, the focus has been on how we can most effectively harvest and produce seafood. Today, we’re seeing a change towards a more consumer-oriented production", said the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs in her speech, who believed this would be positive for everyone.

"SEAFOODplus will contribute with new knowledge about the positive effects of eating high-quality seafood."

Helga Pedersen emphasised the importance that Norway stand out as a reliable seafood supplier, and therefore also important that Norway participate in research programmes like SEAFOODplus.

Greater challenges

"In the future, the seafood industry will face greater challenges in terms of supplying quality products", she said.

Fiskeriforskning is a leading support in SEAFOODplus and is participating in 8 out of 20 research projects under the direction of the organisation.

Fiskeriforskning is also coordinator for two important research programmes in SEAFOODplus: "Seafood from source to consumer products" and "Seafood from aquaculture".

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