Foreign fishing vessels selling herring through Norges Sildesalgslag
CIRCULAR N0 49/01
Bergen, September 6th 2001
INFORMATION CONCERNING SALES OF HERRING FOR CONSUMPTION PURPOSES.
Minimum prices for herring for consumption purposes.
On Tuesday 7th of August 2001 the Federation of Norwegian Fishing Industry (FNL) and Norges Sildesalgslag (NSS) agreed to establish a new system for the sale of herring. The new system corresponds to the system introduced for mackerel last autumn, and it implies that the average weight per fish in each entire catch makes the basis for the minimum prices.
The two parties agreed to establish minimum prices for herring as follows:
Group 1 (average weight 275 g and over): NOK 3,50 per kg
Group 2 (average weight below 275 g): NOK 2,55 per kg
Herring, which is not used for consumption purposes, with an average weight below 125 g shall at least be paid by NOK 0,60 per kg.
The prices entered into force from 13th of August 2001
When vessels report herring to NSS, the fishermen have to give information concerning the average weight per fish in the entire catch based on sampling onboard. The reported average weight will be used at the auction.
Please note that until further notice it is assumed that vessels reporting their catch to NSS also have to give information in accordance with the traditional size groups; Group 1 (1 - 3 fish per kg), Group 2 (3 û 5 fish per kg) and Group 3 (5 û 8 fish per kg).
The new system pre-assumes that good and representative sampling shall take place before grading. At least 3 û 5 samples have to be taken per 100 tonnes of fish discharged. Each sample should approximately contain 50 kg. The result of the sampling will determine the official average weight per fish in the entire catch. Representatives from the vessel and the buyer are responsible for sampling and both parties shall always be present when samples are taken and weighted.
Representatives from the vessel and from the buyer are obliged to state the official average weight per fish in the entire catch on the contract receipts.
If the official average weight differs from the reported average weight there are certain regulations that will enter into force:
If the official weight differs from the reported weight in upward direction, the auction price shall apply.
If the official weight differs from the reported weight in downward direction a limit of tolerance of 8 % shall apply. This means that if the official weight differs from the reported weight by 8 % or less, the auction price shall apply. However, if the official weight differs from the reported weight by more than 8 %, there are grounds for a claim. In cases of claims, Norges Sildesalgslag by the sales management shall be contacted as soon as possible.
The following two examples will show how differences between official weight and reported weight in downward direction shall be handled:
Example 1: Reported catch is informed to contain an average weight per fish of
300 g. Then the catch belongs to Group 1. At the auction it is achieved a price of NOK 4,00 per kg. By the unloading the official average weight shows 276 g per fish.
In this case the official weight differs from the reported weight by 8 % (24 g/300 g), and therefore the limit of tolerance of 8 % is not exceeded. In this case the auction price of NOK 4,00 per kg shall apply.
Example 2: Reported catch is informed to contain an average weight per fish of
300 g. Then the catch belongs to Group 1. At the auction it is achieved a price of NOK 4,00 per kg. By the unloading the official average weight shows 270 g per fish.
In this case the official weight differs from the reported weight by 10 % (30 g/300 g), and therefore the limit of tolerance of 8 % is exceeded. In this case there are grounds for a claim.
NSS hopes that the description of the new system above is understandable and that the change can be implemented without any problems or inconvenience for the fishermen.
The auction routines as from 13th August 2001.
In the period from 13th August 2001 to 18th November 2001 the following auction times will apply:
7 a.m. û 8 a.m. (Sundays between 9 a.m. û 10 a.m.)
1 p.m. û 2 p.m.
6 p.m. û 7. p.m.
10 p.m. û 11 p.m. (Only this auction time has been changed)
After 18th of November the auction times will be prolonged with the exception from the fourth and last one, which will be between 9 p.m. û 10 p.m.
We would like to stress that catches have to be reported to NSS before the time of any given auction to be included in the specific auction.
Regarding the auction and the fixing of the auction area NSS would like to encourage you to include as many buyers in your auction area as possible. By doing this, you may by extended competition be able to get a higher price at the auction.