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Norway, Scotland, Chile, Canada sign aquaculture agreement

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Canada, Chile, Scotland and Norway have signed a joint statement on future cooperation on aquaculture, Norway's government said in a release.

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"Today we have taken an important step forward," the release said. "The demand for food will increase as the world’s population is predicted to grow to 9 billion by 2050. Seafood production must increase substantially to meet the needs of this expanded population."

These nations - the world's four main producers of Atlantic salmon - see unique opportunities for collaboration, major officials indicated in public statements.

"Although our industries are competitors in a global market, we share some common challenges," Norwegian minister Elisabeth Aspaker said. "By cooperation and exchange of information we can learn from each other in effort to develop the aquaculture industry in a sustainable way,"

Norway's minister for environment, climate change and land reform, Aileen McLeod, also gave words of praise to the agreement.

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