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Norway's Seafood Exports Reach New Record

06 December 2013

NORWAY - This year's seafood exports stand at 55 billion, a record year. In November, seafood exports were 6.6 billion. This was an increase of 1 billion compared with the same month last year.

So far this year, the export value is 7.2 billion, 15 per cent over last year.

"Seafood exports have never been greater. One of the main reasons for this is the increase in value of Norwegian salmon," said Egil Ove Sundheim, director of market information to the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Growth of salmon

Salmon exports were NOK 4.1 billion in November. This is an increase of NOK 1.1 billion or 38 per cent compared to last November. This year's salmon exports was NOK 35.4 billion, an increase of 8.7 billion or 33 per cent compared to last year.

The average price for whole fresh Norwegian salmon in the month of November was 39.02 million, compared to 27.12 million in November 2012. France and Poland are the biggest buyers of salmon from Norway.

Trout exports increased by 35 per cent or 64 million to a total of NOK 250 million in November. So far this year, exports of trout are 2.1 billion, an increase of NOK 522 million compared to 2012. The largest buyers of trout from Norway, Russia and Belarus.

Down herring, mackerel up

Exports of herring totaled NOK 630 million in November, a decline of four per cent or 28 million. So far this year, exports of herring are 2.7 billion. This is a decrease of 1.1 billion or 28 per cent. Russia and Lithuania are the largest markets for herring.

Mackerel exports increased by 21 million or five per cent in November to a total of NOK 418 million.

This year's mackerel exports declined by 109 million to a total of 2.8 billion. For mackerel, Japan and China are the major buyer countries.

Down for klipfish, up for saltfish

Klipfish Exports fell by 170 million in November to a total value of 255 million. Exports divided by 128 million on cod, saithe 106 million, while the rest are distributed among ling, tusk and other groundfish. The largest market for dried cod was Portugal, while Brazil is the main market for dried fish from saithe.

Exports of salted fish, including fillets, ended on a total of 41 million which is an increase of five million. NOK 30 million of this is cod, 5,000,000 crowns are long and 4.5 million are tusk. Portugal was the largest market for salted fish.

Down for fresh Cod, up for frozen cod

Exports of fresh cod fish, including fillets, fell by three million in November to a total export value of 66 million. In November, exports of frozen cod, including fillets, with 19 million to a total of 206 million.

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