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
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
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
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
Ukraine biggest market for frozen whole
The volume of exports of frozen whole herring in November
totalled 34,000 tonnes. This is 9,000 tonnes more than in November
Herring exports have gone mainly to Ukraine, Lithuania and
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
The volume of exports of frozen herring fillets in November
totalled 19,000 tonnes, down by 1,000 tonnes from November last
Much of the herring fillet exports have gone to Germany and
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
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.