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Record Fish Export from Norway

Norway exported seafood worth NOK 3.5 billion last month. This is the same number as in July last year. Since the beginning of this year, the total value of seafood exports from Norway amounted to 28.3 billion NOK, 1.3 billion or 4.3% less compared to last year.

“Despite the economic uncertainty in the markets, demand for Norwegian seafood products remains good, even in countries that have been hit hard by the crisis,” comments Egil Ove Sundheim, director of market information with the Norwegian Seafood Council. “In the first half-year of 2012, exports were characterised by much lower prices for Norwegian Salmon than in the previous year. However, in July price differences were less pronounced and export volumes were up, which has resulted in growth in the value of Norwegian Salmon exports.”

The value of exports of Norwegian Salmon in July totalled NOK 2.3 billion, up by NOK 58 million or 2.6% from July last year. This year to date, the value of Norwegian Salmon exports totals NOK 16.3 billion, down by NOK 932 million or 5% compared to the same period last year. This decline is attributable to lower export prices. The average price for fresh whole Norwegian Salmon in July was NOK 27.05 compared to NOK 31.14 in July 2011. As in the previous month, France and Russia were the biggest importers of Norwegian Salmon.

The value of exports of Norwegian Fjord Trout in July totalled NOK 118 million, unchanged from July last year. This year to date, the value of exports of Norwegian Fjord Trout totals NOK 917 million, an increase of NOK 183 million compared to the same period in 2011. The biggest importers of Norwegian Fjord Trout are Russia and Japan.

Exports of herring increased in value in July by NOK 92 million or 73% to a total of NOK 219 million. For the year to date, the value of herring exports totals NOK 2.4 billion, unchanged from the same period last year. Russia and Germany are the biggest markets for Norwegian herring.Exports of mackerel grew in value in July by NOK 16 million to a total of NOK 68 million. This year to date, the value of mackerel exports is showing healthy growth of NOK 353 million to total NOK 1.2 billion. The most important markets for mackerel are Russia and China.

Clipfish exports fell in value in July by NOK 12 million to a total of NOK 228 million. A breakdown of this figure shows that Norwegian clipfish of cod accounted for NOK 118 million and saithe NOK 92 million, with the remainder accounted for by ling, torsk and other groundfish. The biggest market for Norwegian clipfish of cod is Portugal and the biggest market for clipfish of saithe is Brazil.

Exports of salted fish including fillets increased in value in July by NOK 14 million to a total of NOK 39 million, of which Norwegian Cod accounted for NOK 32 million. The biggest market for salted fish is Portugal.

In July, exports of fresh Norwegian Cod including fillets from fishery fell in value by NOK 23 million to a value of NOK 34 million. The value of exports of frozen Norwegian Cod including fillets was also down, falling in value by NOK 26 million to a total of NOK 89 million.

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