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Norway set to increase salmon farming quotas

Farmed salmon quotas could increase  6 percent in northern Norway regions this year, and national output could rise 1.5 percent a year in 2018, 2019.

Norway could allow salmon farmers in seven of the country's production regions to increase their production, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, reports Reuters.

Following the results of a report detailing the risks of sea lice spreading from farmed fish to wild salmon in each region, the Ministry said six regions in the North may be allowed to increase output by 6 percent, and only one in south-central Norway would be allowed to grow.

The Ministry said that a final determination on the possible increase will be made in the fall.

In addition, the Norwegian Seafood Federation said the country's farmed salmon output could increase by 1.5 percent in 2018 and 2019 based on the results of the same study. 

"The most obvious conclusion is that we will have an annual output growth of 1.5 percent," said  Jon Arne Groettum, of the Seafood Federation, according to Reuters. 

"The potential is 3 percent annual growth, and if half of the regions can't grow then we will end up at around 1.5 percent," Groettum said.

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