Thommessen has assisted the fisheries industry since our Bergen office was established in 1928, and we were on site as the first fish farms cropped up along the coast in the 1960s and 1970s when aquaculture was in its infancy. We have since then assisted the fisheries and aquaculture industries on all commercial law aspects that affect industry players. In addition to assisting clients in conventional fisheries and aquaculture, Team Thommessen is now a leading strategic collaboration partner for the seafood industry of the future – including offshore, onshore and green seafood.
We are convinced that the industry will succeed with its growth ambitions, by tackling issues such as lice, access to sufficient farming areas and sustainable feed resources, as well as other sustainability challenges. Realising these ambitions will require original thinking from both us and the industry as a whole, echoing the spirit of the 1960s and 1970s pioneers.
The authorities are also keen to promote innovation and development. A prime example is consultation on new aquaculture licences for closed/semi-closed technology and offshore fish farming (environmental technology licences and open ocean licences), respectively. In addition, the industry will need to adapt to new general regulations, such as the ‘traffic light’ system, production taxes and changes to net wealth taxation conditions for privately held companies.