Grilled Norwegian salmon. (Photo: Tom Haga/Norwegian Seafood Council)
May seafood exports stay put
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 04:30 (GMT + 9)
The value of seafood exports in May totalled NOK 4 billion (EUR 530.7 million). This is unchanged from May last year.
For the year to date, seafood exports have totalled NOK 20.8 billion (EUR 2.8 billion) in value, down by NOK 1.2 billion (EUR 159.2 million) or 5.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.
“A high volume of salmon exports to nearby markets in the European Union (EU) and Russia, together with an increase in clipfish exports, have contributed to total seafood exports from Norway in May touching the levels we attained in 2011,” said Egil Ove Sundheim, director of market information with the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC).
The value of exports of salmon in May totalled NOK 2.6 billion (EUR 344.98 million), unchanged from May last year. This year to date, the value of salmon exports has totalled NOK 11.5 billion (EUR 1.5 billion), down by NOK 1.1 billion (EUR 146 billion) or 8.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.
This decline is due to lower export prices. In May, the average price for fresh whole salmon was NOK 30.15 (EUR 4.00) compared to NOK 39.21 (EUR 5.20) in May 2011. As in the previous month, France and Russia were the biggest importers.
Exports of fjord trout in May increased in value by NOK 41 million (EUR 5.4 million) to a total of NOK 128 million (EUR 16.98 million). For the year to date, the value of exports of fjord trout has totalled NOK 678 million (EUR 89.96 million), up by NOK 162 million (EUR 21.5 million) compared to the same period in 2011. The biggest importers of fjord trout are Russia and Japan.
Herring exports fell in value in May by NOK 31 million (EUR 4.1 million) to a total of NOK 147 million (EUR 19.5 million). For the year to date, the value of herring exports has totalled NOK 1.9 billion (EUR 252.1 million), down by NOK 66 million (EUR 8.8 million) compared to the same period last year. Russia and Germany are the biggest markets for herring.
Exports of mackerel in May increased in value by NOK 47 million (EUR 6.2 million) to a total of NOK 114 million (EUR 15.1 million). This year to date, mackerel exports have been up in value by NOK 290 million (EUR 38.5 million) to a total of NOK 995 million (EUR 132 million). The most important markets for mackerel exports are Russia and China.
Clipfish exports increased in value in May by NOK 94 million (EUR 12.5 million) to a total of NOK 262 million (EUR 34.8 million). A breakdown of this figure shows that cod clipfish accounted for NOK 190 million (EUR 25.2 million) and saithe for NOK 56 million (EUR 7.4 million), with the remainder accounted for by ling, torsk and other groundfish.
May exports of salted fish including fillets fell in value by NOK 25 million (EUR 3.3 million) to a total of NOK 113 million (EUR 14.99 million), of which cod accounted for NOK 108 million (EUR 14.3 million).
In May, exports of fresh cod including fillets from fishery fell in value by NOK 40 million (EUR 5.3 million) to a total of NOK 51 million (EUR 6.8 million). The value of exports of frozen cod including fillets was also down, falling by NOK 16 million (EUR 2.1 million) to a total of NOK 108 million (EUR 14.3 million).
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Photo Courtesy of FIS Member Norwegian Seafood Council / Norges sjømatråd (Headquarter)