35/02 Sales of mackerel for consumption purposes 2002

Published: by Norges Sildesalgslag (Last updated: )
Fishing vessels landing
mackerel in Norway



 

CIRCULAR N0 35/02



Bergen, August 14th 2002



INFORMATION CONCERNING SALES OF MACKEREL FOR CONSUMPTION PURPOSES.





Minimum prices for mackerel for comsumption purposes.



On Wednesday 7th of August 2002 the Federation of Norwegian Fishing Industry (FHL) and Norges Sildesalgslag (NSS) agreed to establish the following minimum prices for mackerel:



Group 1            (average weight 500 g and over):              NOK 5,75 per kilo

Group 2            (average weight between 450 g and 499 g)            NOK 5,25 per kilo

Group 3            (average weight between 400 g and 449 g)            NOK 4,00 per kilo

Group 4            (average weight between 350 g and 399 g)            NOK 3,00 per kilo*

Group 5            (average weight below 350 g)                         NOK 2,00 per kilo



* From August 12th to October 1st Group 4 will include all mackerel below 400 g.  After October 1st Group 5 will apply in addition.  



Mackerel below 200 g per fish shall be sorted out and paid by minimum NOK 0,60 per kilo.



The prices will enter into force from 12th of August 2002. 





Routines for determining the official average weight.



The two parties agreed to prolong the routines for determining the official average weight per fish in the catch and the routines that shall apply if the official average weight differs from the reported average weight



This means that vessels reporting mackerel to Norges Sildesalgslag have to give information concerning the average weight per fish in the catch based on sampling onboard.  The reported average weight will be used at the auction.  Mackerel under 200 g per fish shall be sorted out and shall not be included when determining the average weight based on sampling onboard



The vessels reporting mackerel to Norges Sildesalgslag are also obliged to give information about the share of mackerel in their catch below 400 g, between 400 g and 600 g and above 600 g. 



And further on, the average weight per fish in each entire catch shall be determined on the basis of good and representative sampling before grading take place.  At least 3 – 5 samples have to be taken per 100 tonnes of fish discharged.  Each sample should approximately contain 25 kilograms.  The result of the sampling will determine the official average weight per fish in the catch.  Representatives from the vessel and the buyer are responsible for sampling and both parties shall always be present when samples are taken and weighted.  Mackerel under 200 g per fish shall be sorted out and shall not be included when determining the official average weight per fish in the catch.



Representatives from the vessel and from the buyer are obliged to state the official average weight per fish in the catch on the contract receipts.





Routines that shall apply if the official average weight differs from the reported average weight.



If the official average weight differs from the reported average weight there are certain regulations that will enter into force:

 

1.                 If the official weight differs from the reported weight but is within the same size group (see above), the auction price shall apply.

2.                 If the official weight differs from the reported weight and the official weight is in a new size group (up or down), the auction price shall apply if the difference is 10 grams or less (up or down).

3.                 If the official weight differs from the reported weight with more than 10 grams (up or down) and the official weight is in a new size group the following shall apply:

 

a)                 Moving up to a new group.

 

Either the minimum price in the new group or if the auction price is higher the auction price is valid.

 

Example 1:       Reported catch is informed to contain an average weight per fish of 495 grams.  Then the catch belongs to Group 2.  At the auction it is achieved a price of NOK 6,00 per kg.  By the unloading the official average weight shows 510 grams per fish. 

 

In this case the auction price, NOK 6,00 per kg, will apply, and not the minimum price, NOK 5,75 per kg, in the new group (Group 1).      

 

Example 2:       Reported catch is informed to contain an average weight per fish of 495 grams.  Then the catch belongs to Group 2.  At the auction it is achieved a price of NOK 5,40 per kg.  By the unloading the official average weight shows 510 grams per fish. 

 

In this case the minimum price in the new group (Group 1), NOK 5,75 per kg, will apply, and not the auction price.      

 

 

b)                 Moving down to a new group.

 

The price will be established on the basis of the “auction premium” related to the new group.  The auction premium is defined as the extra price achieved at the auction over the minimum price measured in percent of the minimum price.

 

Example 3:       Reported catch is informed to contain an average weight per fish of 455 grams.  Then the catch belongs to Group 2.  At the auction it is achieved a price of NOK 5,40 per kg.  By the unloading the official average weight shows 440 grams per fish.  

 

In this case NOK 4,11 per kg will apply.  The price is given by the minimum price in the new group (Group 3) plus the auction premium (NOK 5,40 per kg / NOK 5,25 per kg).      

 

Example 4:       Reported catch is informed to contain an average weight per fish of 405 grams.  Then the catch belongs to Group 3.  At the auction it is achieved a price of NOK 4,30 per kg.  By the unloading the official average weight shows 390 grams per fish. 

 

In this case NOK 3,23 per kg will apply. The price is given by the minimum price in the new group (Group 4) plus the auction premium (NOK 4,30 per kg / NOK 4,00 per kg).

 

 

The auction routines as from 12th  August 2002.

 

In the period from 12th August 2002 to 1st October 2002 the following auction times will apply:



7 a.m. – 8 a.m.                (Sundays between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
6 p.m. – 7. p.m.
10 p.m. – 11 p.m.                (Only this auction time has been changed)



After 1st of October 2002 the auction times will be prolonged with the exception from the fourth and last one, which will be between 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. 



We would like to stress that catches have to be reported to Norges Sildesalgslag before the time of any given auction to be included in the specific auction.    



Regarding the auction and the fixing of the auction area Norges Sildesalgslag would like to encourage you to include as many buyers in your auction area as possible.  By doing this, you may by extended competition be able to get a higher price at the auction.





Contracts of delivery.



For the period from October 15th to December 31st 2002, buyers and fishermen are allowed to enter into contracts of delivery regarding mackerel.  A contract with reference to this period has to be transmitted to Norges Sildesalgslag within October 30th to be approved.  The permission to enter into contracts applies to Norwegian as well as foreign vessels.  Furthermore, the following conditions apply:



1.                 Minimum period of a contract is one month.  A contract is mutual binding for the parties.

2.                 The contract shall contain agreed price for the mackerel for a minimum period of one month, and in addition any rules regarding adjustments of the price.

3.                 A vessel can only deliver mackerel to the buyer (buyers) it has a contract with.  It is possible for two buyers to enter into a contract with one vessel.  Vessels with a contract of delivery, are not in a position to sell mackerel at the auction.  But, in special cases exceptions can be made by Norges Sildesalgslag.

4.                 The contract of delivery has to be transmitted to Norges Sildesalgslag at least 5 days before the first landing takes place.



Formula regarding contract of delivery is sent by post. 



 

Kindly regards
NORGES SILDESALGSLAG





Johs. Nakken

Roald Oen