While the main commercial fish stocks in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea are in good condition, the recruitment to the sandeel, Norway pout, North Sea cod and North Sea herring stocks has been poor for four to five years. High temperatures in all these ecosystems have attracted more southern species of fish and zooplankton.
In 2006, the export value of farmed fish exceeded the value of wild fish catches. Total exports of farmed fish amounted to NOK 18.7 billion. It is still possible to substantially increase Norwegian aquaculture production. This will however require innovation as to the allocation of our coastal areas and a strong initiative to limit undesirable environmental effects of the aquaculture industry. A monitoring programme will be established in 2007 to investigate the effects of the national salmon fjords and water systems.