After scandal, Norway appoints new fisheries minister
Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen has been named Norway’s new minister of fisheries and seafood.
Most recently, Ingebrigtsen was secretary of state in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, a position he started in at the beginning of 2020. Previously, he served as CEO of power and energy company Indre Salten Energi AS.
“I can't wait to get started. The fishing and seafood industry is important for Norway because it creates activity and jobs throughout the country. In addition, it is one of the industries with the greatest growth potential,” Ingebrigtsen said in a press release. “We will continue to be a world-leading supplier of seafood, and we will facilitate sustainable management.”
The previous fisheries and seafood minister, Geir Inge Sivertsen, resigned on 28 February after facing a vote of no confidence in Norway’s parliament after receiving severance pay from his previous job as mayor of the city of Lenvik, after he stepped down to assume his role as minister. He also received double pay for both his job as mayor and for a second job in government, serving as Norway’s secretary of state, according to NRK.
Sivertsen had served in the position for less than a month, after being appointed in late January.
Photo courtesy of Norway's Ministry of Trade and Industry