The leader of Norway's Conservative Party is not in favor of the current government's proposals for a new farmed salmon tax, she told IntraFish sister publication DN.

Former prime minister Erna Solberg said it would be preferable to postpone the tax because of the opposition to the use of a standard price as the mechanism for calculating the tax.

"Ground rent tax on the salmon industry appears to be a desk exercise where you do not understand the value chain in the seafood industry, and we would prefer to postpone the entire decision on a ground rent tax until the Storting [Norwegian Parliament] has dealt with the principles for such a tax," said Solberg.