Johan Kvalheim is resigning as managing director of the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF), after just one year in the position, and joining the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) as director of Japan and South Korea.

The process of recruiting Kvalheim’s successor has started, said Henning Lund, chairman of the NASF board, and should be completed "well in advance of Kvalheim’s departure," and at the latest by Dec. 31.

"The board would like to thank Kvalheim for his contribution and wish him all the best for new challenges in Asia," said Lund.

Until the successor is in place, Kvalheim will continue planning the 16th edition of North Atlantic Seafood Forum, due to take place in Bergen from March 9-11.

NASF is the world's largest seafood business conference with around 850 delegates from 35 countries representing 300 companies.

The event was established by Jorgen Lund in 2005, who stepped down from the position of managing director in June 2019.