Exports of herring and mackerel down in 1st Quarter

Published: by Ann-Kristin Kristoffersen

The value of Norwegian seafood exports in the 1st quarter of 2013 totalled NOK 13.4 billion. This is at the same level as in the 1st quarter of 2012. In March, the value of seafood exports totalled NOK 4.6 billion. This is a decrease of 4% or NOK 190 million compared to the same month last year.

"The value of Norwegian Salmon exports has increased due to steep price increases, but at the same time the wild fishing industry has noted a fall in the value of exports in the 1st quarter of the year," says Egil Ove Sundheim, director of market information with the Norwegian Seafood Council. "The large volumes of Norwegian Cod that have been landed during the winter have largely all found their way to market, but at reduced prices. In the current market situation it is particularly important that there is strong growth in the quantity of exports of fresh Norwegian Cod to the EU."

Exports of herring and mackerel down

The value of exports of Norwegian Herring in the 1st quarter of 2013 totalled NOK 812 million. This is a drop of 48% or NOK 741 million compared to the 1st quarter of 2012. In March, the value of Norwegian Herring exports totalled NOK 186 million, a decline of 46% or NOK 156 million from March last year. Russia and Ukraine are the biggest markets for Norwegian Herring.

Mackerel exports in the 1st quarter of 2013 were valued at NOK 478 million, down by 39% or NOK 302 million from the 1st quarter last year. In March, the value of Norwegian Herring exports from Norway totalled NOK 106 million, down by 25% or NOK 36 million compared to the same month last year. China and Russia are the most important mackerel markets.

 

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