Newsletter: Salmon Tax and Security in the North

Utenriksminister Anniken Huitfeldt på Russlandskonferansen 2022
"When you take a look at everything that has happened since the 24th of February, it seems much, much longer ago," says Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt at the Russia Conference 2022. (Photo: Therese Leine/NUPI)

Dear reader; the fish farming industry is protesting the ground rent tax and Arne O. Holm does not want to be counted as part of the uproar. Armies are training in the North, while the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs talks about low tension. And several municipalities are advocating for the preservation of the friendship with the Russian people.

While the fish farming industry is loudly protesting the ground rent tax, High North News’ Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm does not want said industry to tamper with his coastal identity: 

“The salmon farming industry should, by all means, fight to keep most of its gigantic profits. But a line is crossed, when they tamper with my identity. I am part of the people from the coast, but I neither rebel nor walk in torchlight processions against increased taxes for parts of the industry”, writes Holm. 


Today, the Norwegian Army will commence the Arctic Bolt exercise in Troms. In total, around 3500 Army soldiers and 200 Home Guard soldiers will take part. 

“Balancing between deterrence and reassurance is still important in the Norwegian security policy and low tension in the North is still something to aim for”, says Norwegian MFA Anniken Huitfeldt. 

The federal government of Canada has not addressed long-standing issues that affect its surveillance of Canada’s Arctic waters, according to the Auditor General of Canada. 

Climate and fishery 

Russia and Canada will not be acceding to the 2024 prohibition on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic.

Environmental advocates criticize the two countries' decision. 

Other news:  Despite that the 2022 salmon harvest in Alaska was lower compared to the previous year, the value increased considerably. 

That is the week as seen from the North. Now all that remains is to wish you a good weekend on behalf of the editorial staff of High North News. 

Sincerely, News Editor Trine Jonassen 

This newsletter has been translated by Birgitte Annie Molid Martinussen.