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Norway; Scotland: Memorandum on Aquaculture Signed

(Aug. 25, 2009) On August 17, 2009, Norway and Scotland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Aquaculture. The document was signed in Trondheim, Norway, by the Scottish Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, and the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Helga Pedersen. The document focuses on environmental sustainability, access to finance and insurance, collaboration on research, and exchange of experience on regulations. It also establishes a Joint Committee for Bilateral Cooperation on Aquaculture, which will hold its first meeting in Scotland in 2010. (Rolleiv Solholm, Scotland and Norway Sign Memorandum, THE NORWAY POST, Aug. 18, 2009, available at The MOU also identifies technical equipment standards to reduce the adverse environmental impact of aquaculture. (Press Release, Scottish Government, Scotland and Norway Sign Memorandum (Aug. 17, 2009), available at

The Joint Committee will develop a program of activities, and its work will be evaluated regularly. An annual report will be produced for the two countries' Ministers. (Id.)

Speaking of the planned cooperation, Pedersen said the two countries “can learn from each other, and develop our industries even further.” She went on to state, “I am pleased that Scotland and Norway can strengthen our cooperation on aquaculture, since a collaborative approach provide [sic] greater dividends than past trade disputes.” (NORWAY POST, supra.) Cunningham referred to the economic and social importance of aquaculture in Scotland and added that by “working together, Scotland and Norway could be a powerhouse of finfish aquaculture research.” (Press Release, supra.)