dagfinn-hoybraten

Dagfinn Høybråten

Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers

“The Nordic countries are not large in population but we encompass a considerable geographic area and the Nordic oceans and seas are large. Many of the Nordic countries are in fact large ocean nations. The Nordic countries are dependent on the sea and its resources and the opportunities it holds for the economy, food and well-being of our population and we are determined to support a healthy and thriving fishing industry that is based on fair competition and the sustainable use of ocean resources. We believe that there is a need for the world community to recognize the existence of transnational organized crime in the global fishing industry and that this activity has a serious effect on the economy, distorts markets, harms the environment and undermines human rights and that all regions of the world need to cooperate.”