The course of fisheries as per week 2/2018
The second week of the year; - not the busiest in pelagic, and by the end of the week, harsh weather forced the fleet to port.
Norway's seafood export totalled 51,6 billion NOK in 2012. This is a 1,8 billion reduction from the previous year. Norway's seafood export was reduced for the second consecutive year.
Norway exported 2,36 million tons of seafood in 2012. This is a 78 000 ton reduction compared to 2011, according to figures presented by the Norwegian Seafood Council.
- In spite of economic difficulties in major seafood markets,
Norway has held its strong position and increased its market share.
Norway is now the largest exporter of seafood to both the European
Union and Russia. 20 per cent of EU's imported seafood comes from
Norway while the same figure for Russia is as high as 38 per cent,
said CEO Terje E. Martinussen from the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Russia and France takes the lead
The EU is Norway's most important market and 57 per cent of
Norway's seafood export was sold to the European market in 2012.
The total export from Norway to the EU was worth 29,6 billion NOK.
A 1,3 billion NOK reduction to the EU was caused by lower prizes on
cod and salmon, but at the same time the volumes of Norwegian
salmon grew substantially.
Russia ended 2012 as Norway's most important market with a total export of 6 billion NOK. It is also in Russia the biggest growth can be found; 788 million NOK. France was the second largest market with an export value of 4,9 billion NOK.
The largest setback can be found in the export of seafood to Japan. It ended at 2.1 billion NOK and the reduction of 755 million NOK was largely caused by reduced mackerel prizes in 2012.
Growing volumes of both salmon and trout gave increased export
value for aquaculture products. The 2012 growth for salmon and
trout was 600 million NOK representing a total of 31,5 billion NOK.
Aquaculture was 61 per cent of Norway's total seafood export in
2012. Salmon is the largest product from Norway and Norway exported
salmon for a total of 29,6 billion NOK while trout contributed with
an export value of 1,7 billion NOK.
- Global trends such as sushi and health awareness gives salmon an extra push. Combining these two trends with strong marketing effort, Norwegian salmon has reached a dominant position in the market. Norway's aquaculture industry has focused on market development and distribution over a long period and the results have started to show. A growing number of consumers are eating salmon and they eat more salmon on a regular basis, says Martinussen.
Reduction for Norwegian fisheries
Following a record year for Norwegian fisheries in 2011, last year was troubled by both lover prizes and volumes. The export value of Norwegian fisheries ended at 20,1 billion NOK which is a reduction of 2,4 billion NOK. Falling mackerel prizes gave a reduction of 634 million NOK while reduced herring quotas was followed by a reduced export value of 183 million NOK for herring. Cod and saithe was reduced by 497 million NOK and 485 million NOK respectively. Norway has exported prawns and shellfish. for 800 million NOKs, which is a reduction on 10 per cent compared to 2011.
- The wild catch sector is more often affected by shifts in the resource situation. This effect can be seen in the pelagic sector where both catches and export was reduced in 2012. At the same time Norway's cod fisheries is entering a year with record high quotas after years of hard work from both fishermen, researchers and politicians to establish a sustainable catch level. In this situation I hope that the Norwegian seafood sector is able to find inspiration in the aquaculture industry's focus on development of products and markets, says Martinussen.
Strong winds hampered fishing operations.
High activity for the North Sea herring, while for Atlanto Scandic herring it is nearly over, - especially for the smaller vessels.
Record last week with more than 180 million individual herring being caught.
More than 37.000 MT of Atlanto Scandic herring last week - and some ocean sprat for consumption purposes.
Several challenges in the fisheries for Atlanto Scandic herring.
When weather conditions were not too severe last week; good results for Atlanto Scandic herring, - an increasing number of vessels into the North Sea herring fisheries, giving a better result, - and still some mackerel.