China's Hainan to Benefit from Norwegian Expertise


Keith Crane, SeafoodSource contributing editor, from Guangdong Province, China

Published on
October 23, 2008

China's southern island province of Hainan is set to benefit from Norway's expertise in protecting its fishing industry from its growing oil industry. The province is looking to sign co-operation deals with Norway to share its 50 years of experience in managing the two industries side by side.

The initiative was announced on Oct. 22 after the Consular General of Norway in Guangzhou, Tormod Endresen, visited the island.

According to, both Hainan and Norway share the problem of oil exploration and storage, which can have a major impact on fishing industries.

Norway, with storage facilities for oil and gas of 13.1 billion cubic meters, is keen to share and exploit its expertise in preventing oil pollution.

Hainan is becoming an important center for China's oil exploration in the South China Sea and has developed an oil storage capacity of 30 billion tons.

The two sides are also enjoying a growing seafood partnership, with China importing more North Sea products. Imports of Norwegian salmon, mackerel and trout have increased by 150 percent over the past six years.

Endresen told Hainan officials that they should make more and better use of their natural resources, enhance transparency on quality control and testing in return for Norway's assistance in consultancy and cooperation on the province's seafood industry.

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