Norway

The fish farming company has to purse out to have a dry-laid river

A fish farming company in Sogn og Fjordane is charged a fee of NOK 400,000 for breach of the conditions for minimum water flow and drying of a river.

It is Steinvik Fiskefarm AS that has been charged the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), after Riselva was dry-laid for almost two and a half hours on 21 September 2017.

– We are very serious about violations of minimum water requirements. For the sake of life in the river, water should always be sufficiently released. Release of minimum water flow is a crucial prerequisite for getting the license to use the water from Riselva to the hatchery, says Mari Hegg Gundersen, section manager for NVE’s environmental inspection for river systems.

Steinvik Fiskefarm can lodge a complaint with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy within three weeks.

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