Reduction in Exports of Pelagic Fish

Published: by Ann-Kristin Kristoffersen

The value of Norway's exports of mackerel, herring and other pelagic fish in November totalled NOK 1.1 billion. This is a reduction of 9% from November last year, attributable to reduced prices.

The reduction is equal to a total of NOK 110 million. The value of herring exports was down by 2% to NOK 659 million, while mackerel exports showed growth of 18% to a total of NOK 433 million.

This year to date the value of exports of mackerel, herring and other species of pelagic fish totals NOK 7 billion. This is a decline of 12% compared to the same period last year.

"During the autumn we have seen a fall in prices for the leading pelagic products," explains senior analyst Kristin Lien from the Norwegian Seafood Council. "Prices for mackerel are sharply down, and we have also seen a decline in herring prices. The volume of exports for human consumption so far this year is as expected, some 100,000 tonnes lower than for the same period in 2011. The biggest markets in November were Ukraine, China and Japan."


Japan is Norway's biggest mackerel market

The volume of exports of frozen whole mackerel in November totalled 41,000 tonnes. This is 16,000 tonnes up on November last year. Japan, China and Nigeria were the biggest markets.

The average export price for frozen whole mackerel in November was NOK 10.23 per kg, down by NOK 3.63 per kg. compared to November 2011.

This year to date exports of frozen whole mackerel total 249,000 tonnes. This is 21,000 tonnes more than in the same period last year.


Ukraine biggest market for frozen whole herring

The volume of exports of frozen whole herring in November totalled 34,000 tonnes. This is 9,000 tonnes more than in November last year.

Herring exports have gone mainly to Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia.

The average price of herring in November was almost NOK 0.10 lower compared to November 2011.

This year to date the volume of exports of frozen whole herring totals 196,000 tonnes. This is 69,000 tonnes less than in the same period last year.


Germany and Belarus biggest markets for herring fillets

The volume of exports of frozen herring fillets in November totalled 19,000 tonnes, down by 1,000 tonnes from November last year.

Much of the herring fillet exports have gone to Germany and Belarus.

The average price for herring fillets in November was NOK 14.39 per kg. This is a reduction of 8% compared to the same month last year.

This year to date the volume of exports of frozen herring fillet products totals 116,000 tonnes, down by 12,000 tonnes from the same period in 2011. 

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