Fishermen warn over Norway's NOx tax

Upcoming tax will encourage trawlers to land catches abroad, claims industry federation

The Norwegian Seafood Federation (FHL) has warned that an upcoming tax on companies emitting nitrogen oxides (NOx) could be counter-productive in the fishing sector.  The tax of NKr15 (€1.8) per kilogram starts on 1 January (EED 10/10/06) to help Norway meet a UN NOx emissions target.  As commercial fishermen can avoid the levy by landing their catches abroad, ports in Denmark, Scotland and the Faeroe Islands could rake in NKr4bn at Norway's expense, FHL said.  NOx emissions would actually rise if trawlers go further to land their catch, it added.  See press release.

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