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Norway to clamp down on seafood smuggling

Norway to clamp down on seafood smuggling

The Norwegian government will increase efforts to combat smugglers, and consider more effective measures, it said.

“It is a challenge that foreigners come to Norway with a goal of making the most fish out of the country. Fish smuggled out of Norway represent great values, and we fear that the findings made up to now are just the tip of the iceberg,” said Per Sandberg, Norway’s minister of fisheries.

In 2017 more than 11 metric tons of fish were sized, while in 2018 so far over 4t have been discovered. The hauls are mostly fish fillets, which means that much of the fish is wasted. The majority of the seizures are cod.