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.
The value of Norway's exports of pelagic fish totalled NOK 6.5 billion in 2013. This is a downturn of 18 percent compared to the previous year.
Exports of herring in 2013 were valued at NOK 3.1 billion. This
is a decline of 26 percent from the previous year. The value of
mackerel exports totalled NOK 2.9 billion, down by 4 percent
compared to 2012.
"The decline in the value of exports is mainly the result of reduced quotas and lower prices for herring," says senior analyst Kristin Lien from the Norwegian Seafood Council.
The biggest market for pelagic fish in 2013 was Russia, followed by Japan, China and Lithuania.
"Whereas exports to markets in Asia have shown growth, exports to the traditional herring markets in eastern Europe and the EU are down," adds Kristin Lien.
The biggest market for frozen whole herring is Russia, with an export volume of 77,000 tonnes, up by 29 percent from the previous year. Ukraine is the second biggest with an export volume of 40,000 tonnes, down by 32 percent, followed by Lithuania with 36,000 tonnes, up by 38 percent compared to 2012.
In 2013, the volume of exports of frozen herring fillet products totalled 101,000 tonnes, a decline of 24 percent from the previous year. The average price of frozen herring fillet products in 2013 was NOK 12.18, down by 15 percent compared to 2012.
The biggest market for frozen herring fillet products is Germany with an export volume of 27,000 tonnes, down by 42 percent from the previous year. The second biggest market is Russia with an export volume of 22,000 tonnes, down by 25 percent, followed by Poland with an export volume of 17,000 tonnes, down by 5 percent compared with the previous year.
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.