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EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands reach an agreement for better monitoring and control of pelagic fish stocks

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 Maggio 2020

The European Union, Norway and the Faroe Islands reached a coastal states agreement for the monitoring, control and surveillance (MSC) of shared pelagic stocks fisheries in the North-East Atlantic (mackerel, horse mackerel, blue whiting and herring).
This is the first dedicated agreement on fisheries control and a major step in progressively achieving a level playing field on control and management of these pelagic stocks. The agreement is open for the signature of other coastal and fishing states. Greenland, Iceland and the Russian Federation were, regrettably, not in a position to commit to the agreement. However, these coastal states can and are encouraged to join it fully in the future. The three signatories commit to adopt a number of control measures for these fisheries in order to avoid discards and to monitor the landing and weighing operations. To ensure compliance with the landing obligation, several measures to prevent illegal discards will be mandatory. Measures such as providing control authorities with real-time access to weighing data and camera surveillance of landing and processing facilities will ensure better control and monitoring of catches. The signatories also agreed, for the first time, a number of measures aimed at ensuring accurate weighing and catch recording. In addition, an ambitious plan to test Remote Electronic Monitoring systems on board fishing vessel, such as cameras and sensors, will be implemented. The agreement calls for a regular review of the achievements, so that the measures could be enhanced in the future.

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EU and Norway reach agreement on the fisheries arrangements for 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 dicembre 2019

The parties signed two bilateral arrangements and a neighboring arrangement following three rounds of negotiations in November and December.. The bilateral arrangements cover the North Sea and the Atlantic, and Skagerrak and Kattegat, whilst the neighbouring arrangement covers the Swedish fishery in Norwegian waters of the North Sea.The EU and Norway have agreed on quotas for the jointly-managed fish stocks in the North Sea (cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, herring, and saithe) and Skagerrak (cod, haddock, whiting, plaice, shrimp, herring and sprat), as well as an exchange of reciprocal fishing possibilities.In the North Sea, 5 out of 6 stocks jointly-managed with Norway have been set in line with the ICES scientific advices, at maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels. This results in quota reductions in 2020 for saithe (-15%) and whiting (-13%), but increases in haddock (+23%) and plaice (+17%). A roll-over was set for herring.Concerning the North Sea cod stock, the EU had advocated for a strict application of the MSY approach for 2020, which would have resulted in a 61% TAC decrease. Unfortunately, the TAC was set at 17.679 tonnes (50% less than in 2019), a less ambitious decrease than the EU had hoped for. The two parties have however agreed to implement a range of additional measures, such as closures of areas and measures to protect adult and juvenile cod during the year. The EU will also implement a specific control and inspection programme to further reduce catches of juveniles.The EU and Norway also agreed to roll-over last year’s agreement on quota exchanges. In particular, the EU received over 21,518 tonnes of Arctic cod. These agreed arrangements will ensure continuation of fishing operations for both Parties in each other’s waters from 1 January 2020.

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“Norway Automated Microbiology Market for over 100 Tests”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2019

This new report from the author examines current and emerging assays; forecasts volume and sales for molecular diagnostic, microbial identification, antibiotic susceptibility, blood culture, urine screening and immunodiagnostic procedures, as well as over 100 infectious disease tests by assay and application; profiles leading players and potential market entrants; and suggests alternative market penetration strategies for suppliers.
The level of automation in the microbiology laboratory has been lagging behind that of other major clinical laboratory segments, such as chemistry and hematology. The slow acceptance of the technology is in part due to the complexity of developing automation suitable for microbiology tests.The introduction of automated microbiology instrumentation has been delayed by a number of intrinsic and technical problems. The diffusion of automated microbiology systems, once the technology was developed, has not matched that of other automated laboratory technologies. The acquisition of automation in microbiology has been slowed by forces less easily identifiable than the effects of various reimbursement plans. Some laboratorians still believe that current instrumentation is not the ultimate technology and expect better automation on the horizon.The driving force behind the need for rapid reporting of microbiological test results is the clinical relevance in a time of financial austerity, a time when cost and health care effectiveness to the patient and diagnostician looms ever larger, and where after-the-fact results at high expense are coming under severe scrutiny worldwide.
This report will assist diagnostics industry executives, as well as companies planning to diversify into the dynamic and rapidly expanding microbiology market, in evaluating emerging opportunities and developing effective business strategies.

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Labour Party of Norway Commits to Permanently Banning Oil Exploration in Norwegian Arctic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 aprile 2019

Oslo, Norway, April 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Securing their place as a world leader in ocean conservation, the Labour Party of Norway has committed to permanently protect this critical area in the Norwegian Arctic from oil drilling and exploration.Leading up to this historic achievement, SeaLegacy worked to galvanize global support for the ban, running a multi-faceted media campaign that inspired more than 53,000 ocean advocates from more than 160 countries to sign a petition calling for permanent protection. The signatures were delivered to The Labour Party of Norway at their annual meeting in Oslo today.Through stunning video and photography, SeaLegacy brought the beauty and power of this essential ecosystem into the hearts and minds of an international audience. Known for its dramatic scenery and unique marine biodiversity, this archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic is home to the world’s largest cod stock and cold water coral reef, the biggest seabird colonies in the European mainland, and thousands of species of fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and invertebrates that are critical to the ecological stability of the area. With this permanent ban, this area’s scientific and cultural significance will be preserved for generations to come. Today’s success is the culmination of decades of collaborative work by Folkeaksjonen, (People’s Action for an Oil-Free Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja), Friends of the Earth Norway, and Labour Party Youth Norway (AUF), who spearheaded a multi-year campaign that secured a series of six temporary bans on petroleum activity in Vesterålen and Senja, the seas outside of Lofoten.

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Expert comment on Norway’s sovereign wealth fund planning legal action against Volkswagen

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 Maggio 2016

Christian Stadler, of Warwick Business School, is a Professor of Strategic Management and researched volkswagen for his book Enduring Success. If you are looking for expert comment on Norway’s sovereign wealth fund planning legal action against Volkswagen Christian Stadler, of Warwick Business School, is a Professor of Strategic Management and is an expert on Volkswagen and studied strategies that work in the long term for his book Enduring Success.Professor Christian Stadler said: “This is a significant move by Norway’s sovereign wealth fund and is part of its wider strategy for its investments to be much more ethically and environmentally conscious, but it is also part political as it continues its campaign for minority shareholders to be given more of a say in German corporate governance.”The Norwegian fund not only wants to do good and take a moral stance, as the Norwegian people want it, but it also sees ethical investments as a sound financial decision in the long-term. It has a longer time horizon than most funds of 30 year and feels environmental, ethical and humanitarian risks are not factored into share prices, with the Volkswagen emissions scandal being a prime example. It feels there could be regulatory changes in the future and companies should be ethical to reduce such risks. “It has had disputes with Volkswagen for many years over its governance, as the Porsche familiy are effectively able to do what they want, as the largest shareholder, they really only have to consider the State of Lower Saxony, which has a 20 per cent holding, and is where the company is headquartered. In Germany minority shareholders don’t have much of a voice, which is something the fund has campaigned against before as four per cent of its equity is in Germany.”This is more bad PR for Volkswagen and will put more pressure on it to handle the emissions scandal better and put in strong policies and procedures to stop it happening again. It will not divest in Volkswagen, but wants to working towards changing its corporate governance structure.”

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Coldwater Prawns of Norway AS confirmed Friend of the Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 marzo 2016

Barents_Sea_mapColdwater Prawns of Norway AS positively concluded Friend of the Sea renewal audit for cold water prawns (Pandalus borealis). Derived products can proudly continue to display the international sustainability seal of approval. The target stock is fished in the Barents Sea within Maximum Sustainable Yield. The Norwegian fisheries management regime is aiming at maximizing the long term sustainable yield of the living marine resources and at the same time protecting biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems. There are fishing quota established for each of the three Scandinavian countries operating in this fishing area and for each fishery. Accurate data on all catches is collected through an electronic reporting system.
Fishing does not interfere with Marine Protected Areas. The used trawls do not dig into the bottom of the seabed as the caught species live on or above muddy seabed. The boats operate from 200 to 700 mt deep at a minimum distance of 12 miles from the Norwegian Coast.
“Norway has for years been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading countries in sustainable fisheries management. We are now pleased that Friend of the Sea has re-certified Cold Water Prawns of Norway as sustainably harvested”, says Mrs.Adelheid Stenevik of Coldwater Prawns of Norway. Coldwater Prawns of Norway AS Since it was founded in 2007/2008, the company has increased its market share of Norwegian-caught coldwater prawns from just under 45% to more than 90%. During the few years the company has been in operation, CPN has become Norway’s biggest sales company for Norwegian-caught prawns. The feedback in Norway, and not least internationally, has been 100% positive.
In 2011, the company started its own production company in Senjahopen, Norway. CPN’s operating revenues increased from NOK 15 million in its first year of operation in 2008 to NOK 439 million in 2014. Our expertise and market share will ­continue to grow in step with our ambitions. With one of the world’s finest, purest and healthiest products, we are investing in the future.

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Atlantic Petroleum publishes Prospectus and launches Initial Public Offering on Oslo Børs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 novembre 2013

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, Faroe Islands, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Reference is made to stock exchange announcement no. 44/2013 of 13th November 2013 where P/F Atlantic Petroleum (“Atlantic Petroleum” or the “Company”) announced that the Company was contemplating an initial public offering on Oslo Børs (the “Offering”). The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority has today approved the prospectus, dated 26th November 2013, that has been prepared in connection with the offering and the listing of the Company’s shares on Oslo Børs (the“Prospectus”). The Prospectus has been passported to Norway.The Board of Directors of Atlantic Petroleum has today resolved to offer up to 1,575,000 new shares (the “New Shares”), each with a nominal value of DKK 100, with the aim of raising gross proceeds of NOK 165MM – NOK 220MM (equivalent to approx. DKK 150MM – DKK 200MM) in the Offering to be completed in connection with the listing on Oslo Børs. Furthermore, the Company has granted the Joint Global Coordinators a right to overallot a number of shares up to the equivalent of 15% of the New Shares. (in combination with the New Shares hereafter, the “Offer Shares.”)A non-binding indicative price range for the Offering of NOK 140 – NOK 160 (DKK 127 – DKK 145) per Offer Share has been set by the Board of Directors after consultation with the Joint Global Coordinators (the “Indicative Price Range”). The price per Offer Share (the “Offer Price”) will be determined through a bookbuilding process which will be conducted in connection with the institutional offering (as defined below). The Offer Price may be set within, above or below the Indicative Price Range, however the Offer Price may not exceed NOK 175 (DKK 159)The prime reason for the Offering is the Company’s ambition to accelerate its growth by pursuing current farm-in opportunities and other exploration opportunities, especially on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Atlantic Petroleum considers the Norwegian Continental Shelf to offer a number of quality high-impact exploration opportunities, and based on the Group’s recent acquisition of Emergy Exploration (now Atlantic Petroleum Norge AS) and establishment of a skilled organisation in Norway, Atlantic Petroleum considers itself to be well-positioned for expanding its Norwegian footprint. The Company is currently evaluating a number of specific farm-ins of late-stage exploration assets in Norway, and based on a successful completion of the Offering, the Company expects that one or more of these can be completed during the course of 2014. Additionally, the net proceeds from the Offering will increase the robustness of the Company’s balance sheet.

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Richie Culver the four letter word

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 agosto 2013

image0045th – 29th september 2013 solo exhibition at skur 2 gallery stavanger, Norway. This September London-¬based artist Richie Culver, with the support of the Faro Symposium (Stavanger) and P-¬A-¬M (London), will present a major solo exhibition in the picturesque city of Stavanger, Norway. Culver has a strong personal and artistic relationship with the city, having exhibited there in 2011 and completing a residency with the Faro Symposium last year. Culver was working in Norway most recently this Spring, and was inspired by many aspects of the land, saying: “There’s for sure a sadness hidden away, a kind of emptiness, I was really taken back with simply being in a country where there was a language barrier. Like being on an island. It’s great to really live inside a different culture, the people, the land, the light, everything. I’ve made many relationships there that are special to me.”Prominent motifs and characters that examine existential themes such as life and death take center stage in this show, and Culver explains: “It seems the devil is willing to travel – the devil and the deep blue sea is a comment on the space in life that feels infinite, whether it refers to love, life or death. When a fisherman is out on his own, with only the sea for company, it is his life support and could also send him over the edge into the water and into the depths below. The devil is always in disguise, he has no real shape, he’s always around us all the time, sometimes there’s a price to pay.” Culver’s passionate and energetic work is often the result of very immediate and emotional responses to his life experiences. His work is first and foremost very emotional and explores recurring themes that are fundamental toimage005 our existence, such as life, death, humor, love, loss, addiction, sex and pain.The photographic works featured in this show see a development in the medium that is very new to Culver. Exploring and developing this technique, experimenting with exposure and movement, Culver has created images for this exhibition that are almost animated. The mediums of drawing and photography in this sense have many similarities, be it capturing moments and compositions on camera, or as drawings on paper, all his images possess a sense of immediacy and intimacy that is captivating. The photographs in this series stem from a decidedly kinetic way of working, without a defined beginning or end, almost painting with light until he finds the composition and story that he has been searching for.The title of the exhibition “The Four Letter Word” – as with much of Culver’s work that involves text, is open to interpretation. The viewer is invited to make their own interpretation and draw their own conclusions. Culver explains: “There are many four letter words, some foul some beautiful. I’ve tried to look at some of the many different meanings in the pieces in the show. Love has always played a strong role in many of my works, as well as the darker aspects of life found around us.” A rich source of debate within today’s society, many of the themes and words that we find in Culvers work are intertwined with strong associations and repercussions in the role they play. Altogether, the work represents a very human attachment to emotion, which is undoubtedly the quintessence of Richie Culvers story. Richie Culver’s origins are firmly rooted in the Northern English port city of Hull. Leaving a caravan factory job in his teens, he would go on to live and work in New York before eventually settling in London. With no formal art training, Culver was unexpectedly thrust into the limelight in 2011 when a curator at the Tate Modern included his work in a group show. Now, after much time spent travelling and producing work directly from his East London studio, Culver will present what will be his third solo show in as many years. (image4,5)

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Norway says ‘no way’ to pet reptile and amphibian keeping

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 aprile 2013

Wildlife protection organisations across Europe are applauding a decision by the Norwegian government to retain a 37-year old ban on reptile and amphibian keeping and trading, and reject a proposal from wildlife dealers and exotic animal keepers to open trade in a limited number of species. European NGOs and wildlife professionals have supported the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance in their campaign, over several years, to keep the ban.The announcement by the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food was greatly welcomed by campaigners who have argued that lifting the ban would pose a threat to people and wildlife. A recent scientific study showed that at least 75% of reptiles die within one year in the home even though they have potential life spans ranging from 8-120 years, depending on species. As well as causing suffering to captive animals, the pet amphibian trade has been established as a route for the spread of pandemic wildlife disease that is threatening amphibian populations around the globe. Also, there are over 40 human diseases associated with reptiles and amphibians, which are of growing concern to public health experts.In 2009, several organisations commissioned an independent scientific assessment of the proposal to open trade, and the 65-page report concluded that under scientific evidence-based criteria, there are no amphibians or reptiles that make ‘suitable’ pets. Those campaigning to lift the ban argued that the illegal trade and keeping of these animals would be better addressed if the trade were legalised and monitored. That claim has been rejected. Says Anton Krag, biologist and CEO of the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance: “We are delighted that our government has decided to give priority to animal welfare. The cruel smuggling and illegal keeping of wild animals should never be rewarded by legalising trade in these fascinating species.”Says Clifford Warwick, independent scientist and report author: “The Norwegian Government’s decision is fully in concert with the best, and rapidly increasing, scientific evidence which notes that the trade in reptiles and amphibians for pets involves serious detrimental threats and effects for global species and environmental conservation, indigenous wildlife, public health and animal welfare. The Minister’s finding emphasises the value of investment in of prevention over ‘cure’, which ought to be the objectively inescapable conclusion for any government faced with similar decision-making.”Daniel Turner, speaking on behalf of the Born Free Foundation, said; “The decision by the Norwegian Government must be applauded. Reptiles and amphibians should not be kept as ‘pets’ and the UK should follow Norway’s lead and humanely bring this form of wild animal exploitation to an end.”

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DNV increases its Arctic focus and acquires the oil-spill preparedness company NPS

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 aprile 2012

The Arctic has large oil and gas resources and operations in this sensitive and harsh area will require efficient oil-spill preparedness solutions. “The acquisition of Norwegian Petro Services (NPS) in Norway and its recognised expertise will play an important role in our activities in this field,” says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV’s COO of the Norway, Russia and Finland division. Oil and gas operations in the Arctic introduce several new risk elements; the distances are greater, the climate is cold, it is dark for a lot of the year and there may be no infrastructure. It is important that the safety level here is at least as good as in the conventional areas. Therefore, the Arctic conditions will require improved technology and new knowledge to reduce the likelihood of an accidental oil spill. In addition, efficient oil-spill preparedness solutions that reduce the consequences of a potential accident must also be put in place.
Stein Thorbjørnsen, the general manager of NPS, established the company in 2006. “We’ve found a niche in the coastal and shoreline preparedness sector and have specialist expertise in planning and organising preparedness in addition to strategy and technology development. Our group of experts has also developed methods for analysing needs and creating user-friendly operational emergency plans. These are used by many of the Norwegian and international oil and gas operators,” he explains.“NPS will now be part of DNV and we can achieve a lot more together, including internationally where DNV is established in 100 countries. We also share the same values of quality, independence and expertise development,” says Thorbjørnsen.
DNV is a global provider of risk management services, helping customers to safely and responsibly improve their business performance. DNV is an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment. Through its network of 300 offices in 100 countries, the company serves a range of industries, with a special focus on the maritime and energy sectors, combining its technology expertise with its industry knowledge.

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