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North Atlantic Seafood Forum is moving home to Bergen, the global seafood capital (Photo: FIS Stock)

North Atlantic Seafood Forum is Moving Home to the Seafood Capital Bergen

  (NORWAY, 10/18/2012)

North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) is moving home to Bergen after 8 years in Oslo. The world's largest seafood conference will take place on March 5-7 2013.

The City of Bergen will participate actively in the NASF event. Bergen Mayor Trude Drevland and City business director Gunnar Bakke have been a driving force to move NASF to Bergen. "Bergen is proud to welcome the North Atlantic Seafood Forum home to Bergen. Bergen has a long seafood history which created the foundation for Bergen`s position today as the headquarter for several of the world's largest seafood companies; and as a world-class marine educational and research centre " says Gunnar Bakke.

NASF attracts more than 550 executives from 350 companies and 30 countries from the global fishing and seafood industry every year

The world's leading seafood companies in Bergen have also been initiators, and they are very positive to have NASF come home to their seafood city.

Alf Helge Aarskog
Marine Harvest's CEO

"On behalf of Bergen and our seafood cluster; Marine Harvest is looking forward to NASF moving from Oslo to Bergen. This is an important conference for all players in the seafood industry, and NASF will contribute to further strengthen Bergen`s position as the seafood capital ” says Alf Helge Aarskog, CEO of Marine Harvest - the world's largest salmon and seafood company.

This view is shared by IMR's (Institute of Marine ResearchCEO, Tore Nepstad: "Our experience is that NASF is an important meeting place for all who work in the seafood industry, domestic and international. The seafood industry is a major user of knowledge. Within global marine research and development sector, Bergen is the leading centre in the world. NASF belongs here!”.

CEO of one of the world’s largest seafood companies, Henning Beltestad, in Leroy Seafood says: "Leroy's story started at the Bergen Fish Market. It is with much pride we welcome NASF to Bergen, which has an internationally oriented seafood industry and related research in the world".

Henning Beltestad
Leroy Seafood's CEO

Chairman of Grieg Seafood, Per Grieg jr. is also happy, and states "Bergen has a long tradition within the trade and export of seafood, and we warmly welcome NASF to the seafood capital Bergen ".

Bergen has recently opened a modern fish market with the only national center of excellence for seafood. This will provide NASF delegates with unique seafood experiences; served in historic surroundings.

Director at PwC Seafood Centre, Attorney Torben Foss, has no doubt that NASF has a strong position in the global seafood industry and that NASF will enhance Bergen`s position as a world leading seafood capital. "The pace of change in the international seafood industry is high and is escalating. This conference will be able to make Bergen a hub of this change process."

Managing Director of North Atlantic Seafood Forum, Jorgen J. Lund, is delighted with the support NASF has received from the City and the major seafood companies in his hometown.

Jorgen Lund
NASF's Managing Director

"We at NASF is proud to be invited home to Bergen. There is no doubt that the seafood capital Bergen and the west coast region of Norway will anchor NASF as the world's largest top-executive meeting and conference.

Here NASF will join a unique seafood cluster that covers the entire value chain and world leading international research institutions. Our interaction with this industry cluster will make the NASF business arena more significant and larger in the years ahead", states Lund.

The marine seafood industry in the Bergen Region is of global proportions and size: Bergen Region seafood cluster has an annual turnover of around USD 6.0 billion and value generation of USD 1.0 billion, equivalent to approximately 30 percent of Norway's marine and seafood wealth creation.

The region has 1,100 seafood companies, employing 4,500 people and is the headquarter for several of the world's largest seafood companies including Marine Harvest, Austevoll Seafood, Leroy Seafood, Grieg Seafood, EWOS, Norway Sales Organization for Pelagic Fish, as well as being home to Norway`s largest purse seining fleet.

Bergen is today a leading international media center for the seafood industry globally. The city is also a financial seafood center, and home to FishPool - the world`s only salmon products exchange. Bergen has world leading research and government fisheries management institutions including the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen University (UiB), NIFES (National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research), Nofima, Christian Michelsen Institute (CMR), Uni Research, the Nansen Center and Norway Directorate for Fisheries Management.

NASF is the global inter-phase between seafood trade, commercialization, policy, innovation and finance – giving key insights into the future

About North Atlantic Seafood Forum – NASF

North Atlantic Seafood Forum is the world's largest seafood conference and a leading top executive meeting place. NASF attracts more than 550 executives from 350 companies and 30 countries from the global fishing and seafood industry every year.

The NASF conference a 3 day event held the first week in March and organizes some 10 seminars with 100 speakers. The NASF arena covers trade, supply and demand, pricing, sustainability, politics and finance, with focus on business, future trends and market development.

NASF's 2013 key seminars include: Global Industry Summits in Salmon, White Fish and Pelagic sectors, 3rd European Retail Seminar, Global Aquaculture Solutions, Sustainability, EU Fisheries Policy Reform, Pareto Finance and Investor Seminar, and much more with 100 speakers addressing these vital themes.

FAO is a seminar co-organizer, and invited this year seafood executives and policy makers from a number of African coastal nations.

North Atlantic Seafood Forum 2010 Video

Source: NASF

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