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Russian Cartels Collude Against Norwegian Fish

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Norwegian fisheries accused Russian companies of conspiring against fish


Shipments of mackerel from Norway intended for the Russian market were turned away due to falsified bacteria levels.

An illegal Russian fish cartel has been colluding with authorities to muscle Norwegian imports out of the market, some Norwegian fishers have alleged.

Russia's enormous seafood market is an appealing target for any fisheries, but several Norwegian exporters say their products are being refused due to the efforts of an illegal Russian fish cartel. And according to The Local, a report from Russia's competition authorities says the charges are totally true.

For the past several weeks, enormous quantities of Norwegian cod, pollock, herring, and mackerel meant for Russia have been turned away due to a "high bacterial content." But Russia's veterinary agency was unable to produce evidence to the bacterial content when the competition authority investigated. According to the resulting report, the veterinary authority had agreed to help out Russian importers and producers by preventing Norwegian fish from getting into the market by claiming the bacteria levels were too high.

One Norwegian exporter, Arne Aarhus of salmon purveyor Ocean Quality, said two Russian importers had threatened that would happen if his company did not sign an exclusive agreement with them.

"It was said to us that if we signed contracts, we would never get problems with the Russian veterinary authority," he said. "On the other hand, if we didn't sign these agreements, the results of laboratory analyses would prove to be 'bad,' and export of products from our factories to Russia would be subject to a ban."

Norwegian Salmon Producers Face Antitrust Lawsuit

File image courtesy David Stanley / CC BY SA 2.0

Published Mar 24, 2021 10:12 PM by The Maritime Executive

Norway's biggest salmon-farming companies face a federal class-action lawsuit that accuses them of working together to raise the price of farmed fish.

The plaintiffs, led by Ohio wholesaler Euclid Fish Company, allege that some of the world's biggest producers of Atlantic salmon - including Marine Harvest (Mowi ASA), Bremnes Seashore, Grieg Seafood, Lerøy Seafood, SalMar and Cermaq - worked together to artificially boost prices. This allegedly included common methods of collusion, like coordinating sales prices, and more complex approaches, like buying up lower-priced product from other competitors. The goal, according to Euclid, was to drive up the spot price and - in turn - increase the price paid on long-term contracts that are linked to spot rates.

The suit notes that the European Commission has launched an investigation into similar price-fixing allegations against Norwegian producers. In February 2019, the EC confirmed that it carried out "unannounced inspections" at the offices of several salmon farming companies, and said that it "has concerns that the inspected companies may have
violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices." The U.S. Department of Justice has since begun its own inquiry as well.

According to the suit, these producers allegedly used subsidiary companies to buy fish on the spot market, purchasing their own product and competitors' products to prop up the price. &ldquoThe big players buy fish, and they then use the price as indicators for other customers," alleged Borge Prytz Larsen, a purchasing director for Russian buyer Severnaya, in comments to Intrafish. They would then allegedly report these inflated sales prices to the benchmark NASDAQ Salmon Index, which serves as a reference point for wholesale prices - thereby driving up the rates on their long-term contracts.

"These price increases - and the defendants&rsquo coordinated behavior that caused them - have come at the expense of plaintiff and the class, who have paid more for farm-raised salmon than they otherwise would have in the absence of collusion," alleged Euclid.

The defendants denied these claims and moved to dismiss the lawsuit, but in a decision issued Tuesday, Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga ruled that the case can move forward.

Norwegian Fish Caught in Russia's Western Food Sanctions

Workers handle harvested salmon at a Norwegian fish farm Thursday.

Anton Troianovski

Ellen Emmerentze Jervell

Amid the global tug of war over the future of Ukraine, 34 tons of Ola Braanaas's salmon got caught in the middle.

"We have to sell our fish at any price now," the Norwegian salmon exporter, whose biggest customer was Russia, said on Friday. "The fish has to go."

The cascading impact of Moscow's ban on many Western food imports this week may be starkest when it comes to fish.

On Friday, Norwegian fish purveyors, for whom Russia is a key market, scrambled to find new buyers. Chile and the tiny Faroe Islands saw an opportunity to fill the gap in feeding the Russian appetite for salmon and other sea creatures. Shares in a Russian fish production company that until recently was partly owned by a U.S.-sanctioned Russian tycoon soared 19%.

"We consider the recent Russia events as a 'Black Swan' on the demand side," a fish industry analyst, Kolbjorn Giskeodegard, said in a research note, referring to the financial-markets term for an unexpected and consequential event.

Corrupt KEBS Officials PR fails after enabling QISJ Loot Kenyans

On Monday, Kenyans on Twitter exposed how corrupt officials at Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS) created a commercialized monopoly to swindle Kenyans.

According to a day-long trending hashtag, KEBS officials had fraudulently installed a blacklisted Japanese company- Quality Inspection Services inc Japan(QISJ) to be the sole firm in charge of all car imports in the country.

Through their tweets, the concerned Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) exposed the rot and importation monopoly created by KEBS and Quality Inspection Services Inc Japan (QISJ)

Earlier today, KEBS while riding on the Worlds Laboratory day clout, the corrupt officials at the agency tried to run a failed Public Relations (PR) to cleanse their dirty dealings.

In the tweet that has zero engagements, and with less than 50 views, KEBS tries to lure Kenyans to be responsible as if they-KEBS themselves are responsible.

Kenyans are woke and there’ is nothing that is going to change that fact, corruption won’t be starving millions and then comes on the timelines trying to ‘make sense’.

The country is flooded with substandard foodstuffs and all have the alleged ‘standard mark of quality’

Look how sugar, most which is already contaminated or gets contaminated with deadly metals is packaged

Take this, for instance, this is a 2KG package of Pembe maize flour from the supermarket. The flour has a KEBS mark on it yet it is filled with weevils

Benard Njiraini can longer be trusted. He needs to be sacked. Overseeing Corruption is what he’s doing at KEBS.

Do you know 40% of our imports are counterfeit goods? Some of them are the cause of the rapid increase in cancer cases?

Last year, Sameer Group closed its industries and fired all workers citing tough times.

KEBS had allowed thousands of substandard tyre brands to flood the market and that’s the when the rain started beating Sameer Group.

KEBS officials were bribed by the proprietor of Auto Express Kenya Ltd to allow the influx of fake tyres thus leading to many deaths as a result of accidents across the country.

The influx of fake tyres led to the closure of Sameer group.

Sub Standard tyres are a cause of multiple road accidents each week.

Things Killer KEBS have allowed in the country include, contaminated sugar, dub standard fertilizer, fake cigarettes, plastic rice, Chinese plastic fish and Omena, fake electronics the bureau of Standards has had a hand in killing our industries.

When is this madness going to stop? KEBS need to understand the price in terms of lives lost.

12 delicious Russian RECIPES with BUCKWHEAT

Easy, fast and pure genius. Take buckwheat, rinse, add water at a 1:2 ratio for 15-20 minutes. Or find buckwheat in boil-in-bags, and put in boiling water and leave for 15-20 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve with butter! It&rsquos delicious even when served plain, which is the real flavour of Russian peasant life. Try it!

If you don&rsquot have much time, then pour hot water onto your grechka and leave overnight (or at least for 30 minutes) - and the healthy carbs will be ready to go!

2. Grechka milk soup

This can sound and look awkward, but this is the porridge that all Soviet and Russian kids eat for breakfast. Boil grechka al dente, then add milk and boil for another 5 minutes. Add sugar, honey or fresh berries to taste. Brilliant!

3. Grechka with fried egg

Another breakfast with grechka, and a meal for true champions full of carbs and proteins. Boil grechka and serve with a fried egg. Another option is to mix boiled grechka with a raw egg and fry in a wok for a minute. Add your favorite vegetables or avocado, then sprinkle with grated cheese. Just take a leap of faith - you're gonna love this breakfast!

4. Grechka fried with mushrooms

This is Russians&rsquo favorite side dish that you can find in almost any restaurant menu. But it can easily be served as a main course and is perfect for vegetarians. Fry chopped onion, carrot and any mushrooms on vegetable oil and then add boiled grechka, give it a good mix and 5 minutes rest.

5. Buckwheat with cracklings

This is a nostalgic Soviet era porridge, very fatty and tasty. Cracklings, or shkvarki, as we call them, and fried from pork bacon. You can add onion, carrot, mushrooms and other vegetables to your taste. But here&rsquos also a secret ingredient! Boiled eggs. Intrigued? Find out the full, step-by-step recipe here.

6. Grechka merchant-style

Actually, Russians can cook anything risotto-style with grechka. In recent years it even got the name &lsquogrechotto&rsquo. So this recipe is Russian-style grechotto bolognese. We bet you should try this. Fry chopped onion and carrot, then add your favorite chopped meat (in traditional recipes it&rsquos a mix of pork and beef) fry for a while, add raw grechka and rinse with water - cook on low heat about 20 minutes until grechka is ready. This dish can also be cooked in ceramic pots in the oven just like ancient Slavs used to make it!

7. Grechka balls

Another nice vegetarian dish. Mix cooked grechka with fried onion, egg and some grated cheese. You can play with recipes and use semolina or flour instead of eggs and cheese. Add greens to taste or any other ingredients that you prefer - mushrooms, vegetables, or corn. Blend it all together, form into balls, then fry, deep fry or bake - and enjoy!

8. Cabbage rolls stuffed with grechka

You can start with grechka fried with mushrooms, or just onion and carrot - and then stuff it into cabbage leaf put it into boiled water until it becomes smooth and easy to roll. Make rolls and put into a pan, then pour with your favorite sauce - we Russians usually mix tomato paste with sour cream then add a little water or broth. But if you need a vegan version, just add water and seasoning to taste.

9. Dumplings with buckwheat

This is a very old Russian dish that&rsquos known since the 16th century, but it&rsquos been rather forgotten in recent years. It&rsquos called kundiumy - dumplings stuffed with mushrooms and buckwheat (a perfect match!). The secret is that you should not boil but rather bake them. Read the full recipe and history of the dish here.

10. Smoothie with green buckwheat

Grechka grains are fried - which is why it has a brown color. But one modern healthy trend is using so-called &lsquogreen&rsquo buckwheat that&rsquos raw and unprocessed. Pour green buckwheat with hot water and leave overnight (you can boil it, but this reduces the vitamins). Then add banana, water or milk (or plant milk), honey or sirup to taste and any other fruits or berries that you like - even spinach works well here. Finally, blend it all together! A masterpiece!

11. Pancakes with buckwheat flour

Buckwheat flour can be a great replacement for ordinary flour, and very helpful if you want to keep fit. You can make buckwheat flour on your own (just dry grechka on a pan and blend it until it turns into flour), or buy a ready one. For tiny Russian bliny add milk, egg, sugar and salt to taste and a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Fry on a heated pan.

Russians can make pancakes from anything! Even beer&hellip Here are other unusual bliny recipes.

12. Buckwheat biscuits

Another dessert from buckwheat flour. Healthy and tasty. Here it&rsquos important to keep the proportions, so mix 150 g of the flour, 3 tbs of cacao powder, 4 tbs of sugar (honey, or syrup by taste), 1/2 ts of soda and 2 g of vanillin. Separately, mix an egg, 100 g of ricotta or cottage cheese, and 90 g of melt butter. Then mix it all together form biscuits by your hands, and bake on parchment for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsus.

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Norwegian Fiskeboller Or Fish Balls Recipe

In Norway fiskeboller or fisk-a-ball-ahr - is an everyday meal that is quick and easy to prepare, due to tinned or canned fish balls that most Norwegians keep in a kitchen cupboard. However, if you can't buy the canned fish balls, or if you'd like to make them from scratch, here's a recipe which also includes the dinner party version.

  • norwegian
  • popular
  • fish
  • cod
  • or
  • pollock
  • milk
  • cream
  • onion
  • powder
  • garlic
  • parsley
  • boil
  • norwegian
  • popular
  • fish
  • cod
  • or
  • pollock
  • milk
  • cream
  • onion
  • powder
  • garlic
  • parsley
  • boil

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  • 1 lb (1/2 kg) of firm white fish such as e.g. cod or pollock
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup (1 - 1.5 dl) milk or cream
  • flour - enough to bind together
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • fresh basil, washed and chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • fresh parsley, washed and chopped


  • 1 lb (1/2 kg) of firm white fish such as e.g. cod or pollock shopping list
  • 2 eggsshopping list
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup (1 - 1.5 dl) milk or cream shopping list - enough to bind together shopping list
  • 1 tsp. onion powdershopping list , washed and chopped shopping list
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced shopping list , washed and chopped shopping list

How to make it

  • Mix all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  • Place in the fridge and leave there for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Bring a fish stock to the boil. ( You can use either some you've kept in the freezer or use stock cubes.)
  • For the dinner party version - add a glass of white wine.
  • Use two spoons to make the balls (dip spoons in ice water in between each ball).
  • Slide the ball off the spoon and into the boiling stock.
  • Boil one at first to see how it turns out.
  • If it falls apart, add more flour.
  • Boil a few at a time.
  • They are done when they are firm.
  • Strain the stock and use as a base for the sauce.
  • Prepare a white sauce from a butter and flour mixture and the stock.
  • Add curry to the sauce and serve with boiled potatoes and boiled carrots.
  • For the dinner party version, prepare the sauce with white wine, and hold the curry.
  • Serve with broccoli, potatoes and slices of lime.
  • Serve with Pommes Noisettes as follows:
  • Ingredients:
  • 6 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and washed
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • salt
  • Instructions:
  • Cut potato balls with melon-ball cutter, using a circular motion. Place them in cold water as they are cut. Melt butter in a large skillet until it sizzles. Drain potato balls and add to the skillet. Sprinkle with salt, cover tightly, and cook slowly. Stir the potatoes from time to time and brown gradually. When they are done, they will be a uniform golden colour, soft and soaked in the butter. Serves 4-6
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My mom´s aunt had been married to a Scandinavian man of Swedish descendent and thus, her recipe contains no dairy nor basil.
2 egg whites
11/2 cups salt cod
3 large potatoes
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. fresh dill weed
1/2 tsp. zest of lemon

I have never made them in either Scandinavian fashion living and working in the Mediterranean, however, I have made cod balls Italian style & Iberian style ( fritters de bacalao ). The above recipe is more classic and that is not saying your´s aren´t tasty --- I have never employed your recipe .

Berlinerkranser (Norwegian Butter Cookies)

Despite the fact that the name "Berlinerkranser" means Berlin wreaths, these heavenly butter cookies are a beloved Norwegian treat that are ideal for holiday gifting. While similar to Danish butter cookies, this classic Norwegian recipe uses hard-boiled egg yolks for its batter, instead of raw egg yolks, resulting in cookies with a more tender, crumbly texture.


Shchi is a typical cabbage soup made from either fresh or fermented cabbage. While different recipes call for various ingredients, shchi often contains potatoes, carrots, onions, and possibly some type of meat such as chicken. The cabbage can also be replaced with sauerkraut, which is then called sour shchi.

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Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts

Marine experts in Norway believe they have stumbled upon a white whale that was trained by the Russian navy as part of a programme to use underwater mammals as a special ops force.

Fishermen in waters near the small Norwegian fishing village of Inga reported last week that a white beluga whale wearing a strange harness had begun to harass their fishing boats.

“We were going to put out nets when we saw a whale swimming between the boats,” fisherman Joar Hesten told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “It came over to us, and as it approached, we saw that it had some sort of harness on it.”

The strange behaviour of the whale, which was actively seeking out the vessels and trying to pull straps and ropes from the sides of the boats, as well as the fact it was wearing a tight harness which seemed to be for a camera or weapon, raised suspicions among marine experts that the animal had been given military-grade training by neighbouring Russia. Inside the harness, which has now been removed from the whale, were the words “Equipment of St. Petersburg”.

The fisherman said the whale was very tame and seemed used to human beings.

“If this whale comes from Russia – and there is great reason to believe it – then it is not Russian scientists, but rather the navy that has done this,” said Martin Biuw of the Institute of Marine Research in Norway.

Audun Rikardsen, professor at the department of arctic and marine biology at the Arctic University of Norway (UiT), told NRK: “We know that in Russia they have had domestic whales in captivity and also that some of these have apparently been released. Then they often seek out boats.” He said he had contacted Russian researchers who said the harnessed whale had nothing to do with them. “They tell me that most likely is the Russian navy in Murmansk,” said Rikardsen.

In 1980s Soviet Russia, a programme saw dolphins recruited for military training, their razor-sharp vision, stealth and good memory making them them effective underwater tools for detecting weapons.

This mammal programme closed in the 1990s. However, a 2017 report by TV Zvezda, a station owned by the defence ministry, revealed that the Russian navy has again been training beluga whales, seals and bottlenose dolphins for military purposes in polar waters. In the past three years, president Vladimir Putin has reopened three former Soviet military bases along its vast Arctic coastline.

The recent research and training was done by Murmansk Sea Biology Research Institute in northern Russia on behalf of the navy to see if beluga whales could be used to “guard entrances to naval bases’” in arctic regions, “assist deepwater divers and if necessary kill any strangers who enter their territory”.

Dolphins and seals meanwhile were trained to carry tools for divers and detect torpedoes, mines, and other ammunition which has sunk to depths of up to 120 metres. Government public records records show that the defence ministry purchased five bottle-nosed dolphins, aged between three and five, from Moscow’s Utrish Dolphinarium in 2016 at a cost of £18,000.

During their research the Murmansk sea biology research institute concluded dolphins and seals were much more suited to the training and arctic climates than the beluga whales. The whales were deemed too sensitive to the cold and did not have the same “high professionalism” of seals, which had a far better memory for remembering oral commands.

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    All not so simply, as it seems

  2. Tekus

    Nightmare. I have just watched the news, just the oxen are rising, how can we live if the price of oil has dropped so much. Some figures and revenues were included in the budget, now we see others. I wonder how long our stabilization fund will be enough for us with this approach. Sorry, I'm so close to the topic. But this is also important, it seems to me.

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