Norway names fisheries minister


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
October 20, 2009

Lisbeth Berg-Hansen on Tuesday was appointed Norway’s Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, replacing Helga Pedersen.

Berg-Hansen has an industry background, serving as a board member at Aker Seafoods ASA and as co-owner and board member of farmed salmon producer Sinkaberg-Hansen AS. Currently, she is a board member at Bindal Salmon AS and Bindal Smolt AS a deputy in the Norwegian Seafood Export Council. From 2004 to 2008, she was VP of NHO.

Berg-Hansen also has an extensive political career. From 1992 to 1996, she was a political advisor in the Ministry of Fisheries. And from 2000 to 2001, she was state secretary for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

“She knows politics and the seafood industry well,” said Stoltenberg. “She has even been involved in fish farming for many years and has been active in fisheries organizations. She is a person who represents coastal Norway. This is important in a time of financial crisis, where we will safeguard jobs on the coast.”

Vidar Ulriksen will continue as the Fisheries and Coastal Minister’s secretary.

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