After the petroleum industry, fishing is Norway's largest export industry. Norway manages vast areas of ocean with some of the world's most abundant fishing grounds. After China, Norway is the world's largest exporter of fish and fish products.
The fisheries sector has always played a key role in the northern region, both as a source of income and as an upholder of cultural heritage.
Measured in terms of turnover, the Port of Tromsø is one of Norway's largest fishing ports, and is the preferred 'one-stop shop' of both national and international fishing fleets.
The fisheries sector (catching, fishing, aquaculture and processing) employs almost 5 per cent of the entire workforce of northern Norway. With a growing world population, and one that is becoming increasingly health-conscious, the strategic value of supplies of high-value proteins is highly significant. The condition of all the fish stocks is exceptionally good, and that of the cod stock is at an all-time high.
The fisheries sector is an innovative one. Technological advances have improved the efficiency of catches, and new industries are evolving from the new knowledge and activity that are being generated by the fisheries sector. Much of the new and innovative business originates from the research and development community in Tromsø.
As a knowledge city, Tromsø represents a good starting point for cooperation between business and industry, research and educational communities and the public sector on strengthening innovation capacity and competitiveness.
Norway aims to become the world's leading seafood nation. This means that we must be at the forefront of knowledge in areas such as sustainable resource utilisation, marine environments, climate change, product development, and markets.
The Port of Tromsø makes continual efforts to facilitate national and international fishing fleets, with an emphasis on landing, production, and service and support facilities.