Norway’s Civil Aviation Administration Avinor has accused cod (fish) of threatening flight safety in Svolvær.
Avinor, which owns Svolvær Airport, wants no part of plans to have live cod in enclosures in the vicinity of the runway. “The probability of a collision between planes and sea birds will increase dramatically,” Avinor said at a hearing. Avinor’s airport chief at Svolvær, Bjørn Opsahl, believes the cod will be a temptation for birds, and that feeding the fish would also attract the birds in numbers.
Local businesses had hoped to cooperate by putting live Lofoten cod in enclosures in order to increase profitability by being able to deliver fresh cod all year round.
“It sounds a bit strange that gulls and other sea birds are going eat such big fish,” said Ole Osland at L. Berg Sønner.