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Monday March 4, 2024

UK and Norway: Forging Collaboration between Independent Coastal States

The Company welcomed welcomed the UK Minister for Food, Fisheries and Farming, Mark Spencer and the Norweigan Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy, Cecilie Myrseth, to the Hall when hosting the Norwegian Seafood Council annual conference. Both Ministers addressed the conference and spoke warmly of bi-lateral trade and shared fishing opportunities and joined stakeholders from the seafood sector and related industries, from fishing fleet, seafood producers and exporters, to importers, suppliers, retail, food service and media.  

The Ministers met Prime Warden Fred Stroyan and Fisheries Director Andrew Wallace, alongside representatives of Seafood Grimsby and Humber Alliance (SGHA), who have worked tirelessly over the past three years with the seafood sector in Norway and ministerial departments in London and Oslo to smooth future trade flows since the introduction of the Border Target Operating Model. 

Andrew Wallace, Fishmongers’ Company Director of Fisheries and SGHA board member, remarked: “This is the second year in a row we have hosted this conference at Fishmongers’Hall and it is always enlightening to hear about the importance of bi-lateral seafood trade and fisheries between our fishing nations. The Alliance board, which is headquartered in Grimsby, have been very focused on developing seafood trade opportunities with Norway and it was a great opportunity to share some thoughts on this with our respective Ministers and their officials”

Major Norwegian seafood exporter, Nordic Group AS, represented by Managing Director, Morten Hyldborg Jensen, commented “Over recent years we’ve had a warm, friendly and successful dialogue with our colleagues in Grimsby led by Simon Dwyer. We were delighted when Simon brought a delegation from the UK to visit our landing stations in Batsfjord, Norway, last May to see hands on our fish landing and processing facilities. This conference is always a great networking opportunity for both Norwegian and UK seafood businesses and various stakeholders.”

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