Decline in exports of pelagic fish

Published: by Ann-Kristin Kristoffersen

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.



Russia biggest herring market

Russia is the biggest export market for Norwegian herring. In 2013, Norway's herring exports to Russia were valued at NOK 795 million. The value of herring exports to Lithuania totalled NOK 381 million, and to Germany in third place the value of herring exports was 368 million.


The volume of exports of frozen whole herring in 2013 totalled 211,000 tonnes, an increase of 3 percent from 2012. The average price of frozen whole herring in 2013 was NOK 7.28 per kg, down by 8 percent from the previous year. 


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.



Japan biggest mackerel market

In 2013, Japan was the biggest mackerel market for Norway with exports valued at NOK 685 million. This is an increase of 21 percent compared to 2012. China is the second biggest market with exports valued at NOK 570 million, an increase of 14 percent. This means that about 40 percent of mackerel exports are destined for consumption in Japan. The next biggest mackerel markets for Norway are South Korea, Turkey and Russia.


A total of 243,000 tonnes of frozen whole mackerel was exported from Norway in 2013, a reduction of 8 percent compared to 2012. The average price for frozen whole mackerel in 2013 was NOK 11.26 per kg, a 5 percent change from the price in 2012.


Russia biggest capelin market

The value of capelin exports in 2013 totalled NOK 393 million, up by 5 percent from 2012. Russia was the biggest capelin market in 2013, with exports from Norway valued at NOK 170 million, an increase of 42 percent from 2012. China is the second biggest market, with exports from Norway valued at NOK 72 million, an increase of 3 percent. Next is Ukraine at NOK 38 million and Lithuania at NOK 35 million.

 

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