Cecilie Myrseth has been appointed the new Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and the Sea. Photo – Troms Arbeiderparti/Marta Hofsøy
Today, Monday, 16 October 2023, in the Council of State, the King of Norway granted Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran, the Minister of Fisheries and the Sea, an honourable discharge from his duty due to a Cabinet reshuffle.
He will be replaced by Cecilie Myrseth, who will take over the responsibility for implementing the government’s policies related to fisheries, aquaculture, maritime policy, coastal development, shipping, research, and development.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries in Norway is responsible for shaping a forward-looking business and ocean policy.
The other members of the political leadership for the Minister of Fisheries and the Sea are:
- State Secretary: Vidar Ulriksen
- State Secretary: Kristina Sigurdsdottir Hansen
- Political Adviser: Nicklas Simonsen
“We welcome Cecilie Myrseth as the new Minister of Fisheries. With her background as the fisheries policy spokesperson in the Labour Party, she has a good understanding of the industry,” says Audun Maråk, CEO of Fiskebåt.
Maråk particularly emphasises the need to clarify the industry’s political framework going forward, referring to the announced quota report.
“It is crucial that we receive a quota report that delivers on what has been the Labour Party’s policy for many decades, namely predictability and stability in the regulatory framework. The broad-based fisheries policy has been a success. Unfortunately, the previous quota report was not sufficiently politically anchored and, as a result, fell flat.”
A unifying fisheries policy has been a success, with the industry transitioning from a subsidised sector to a profitable and sustainable one, according to Maråk.
He also points out that there has been good dialogue between the industry and the political leadership in the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries regarding the work on the new quota report.
“We hope that Cecile Myrseth will continue to build on the good dialogue that has taken place between the fishing industry and the political leadership to establish a quota report that has broad political support and is based on predictability and stability,” says Maråk.
This is especially important in a situation with reduced quotas, and, not least, in terms of the industry’s ability to meet the green shift, says Fiskebåt.
Norwegian Fishermen’s Association Reaction
“Norges Fiskarlag congratulates Cecilie Myrseth on one of Norway’s most important jobs. We look forward to good cooperation with the new Minister for Fisheries,” says Kåre Heggebø, the leader of Norges Fiskarlag.
Cecilie Myrseth (39) was appointed as the new Minister of Fisheries and the Sea during the Council of State on Monday, October 16. She takes on a comprehensive area of responsibility.
“The fishing industry has several major issues at hand, especially the quota report that the government has announced will be presented in December. Myrseth will now be responsible for bringing this work to a conclusion, and we hope that the change in ministers does not result in a delay of the quota report. It is very important that essential framework conditions for fishermen are clarified now, preferably with an overarching political compromise that can stand the test of time,” says Heggebø.
Cecilie Myrseth is from Harstad and has represented Troms in the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) since 2017. She is a trained psychologist and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Health and Care Committee for this parliamentary term. In the previous term, she served in the Committee on Business and Industry as the fisheries policy spokesperson for the Labour Party.
She takes over from Bjørnar Skjæran (57), who has been the Minister of Fisheries and the Sea for exactly two years. Skjæran is returning to the Norwegian Parliament, where he was elected as a representative from Nordland.