THE 9th International Sea Lice Conference is currently underway in Bergen and was addressed by Norwegian State Secretary Kristine Gramstad, who warned that lice levels were still a barrier to the growth of the industry, although she feels that they can develop the tools to deal with the problem.

Gramstad stressed that: “For me the development of the salmon farming industry represents one of Norway’s greatest success stories. It is the Government’s objective that the Norwegian aquaculture industry should continue to grow. However, further growth can only take place within the limits of environmental sustainability. This is why we stopped the increase in production capacity in 2010 and this is why the sea lice situation will be a central factor when we evaluate the possibility for growth this year. The driving force for achieving environmental sustainability should be the industry itself, but for me it means strong commitments to governance, research and development.

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