Norway contributes on fish welfare

Norway is sharing their long experience in fish farming with the Commission before the upcoming revision of the EUs animal welfare rules.

04/05/2006 :: In the letter to the DG Sanco, the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affaires states that they take great interest in EUs work and development on animal welfare. Norway shares their views presented in the recent Community Action Plan on Protection and Welfare of Animals 2006-2010. In particular, the revision of the existing legislation on rules at time and slaughter of farmed fish is a great point of interest for Norway.

Fish welfare is already included in Norwegian legislation. on agriculture. In the near future Norwegian Authorities will adopt new regulation on the stunning and slaughter of fish. Among other things, specialized research programmes have been initiated in relation to the new legislation.

The request for a meeting was warmly received by the Commission, who will meet with the Norwegian Ministry and the National Food Control Authority on 12 May 2006. “Fish welfare is certainly an area where many developments are needed and there is no doubt that Norway has a long and recognised experience in this field”, says Deputy Director General Jana Husu-Kallio in the responding letter to the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

(Published 04.05.06)

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Photo: Mattilsynet, the National Food Control Authority