Clipfish Exports in May Set New Record
Exports of groundfish including clipfish, salted fish and stockfish totalled NOK 837.7 million in May. This is 6% down on the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council. Exports of fresh and frozen products fell by 21%, while exports of clipfish to Portugal enjoyed a strong month.
- Exports of Norwegian clipfish to Portugal are doing very well, even though the country finds itself in a very serious economic situation. Never before have exports of clipfish to Portugal been so high for the month of May, comments market analyst Ove Johansen from the Norwegian Seafood Council. This tends to confirm market reports showing that the Portuguese are eating more clipfish than ever before.
Exceptional May month for clipfish exports
Exports of clipfish in May totalled NOK 262.2 million, up by 55% or NOK 93.5 million from the same month last year. The volume of clipfish exports in May totalled 6,517 tonnes, up by 2,109 tonnes from May last year.
Exports of Norwegian Cod clipfish in May totalled NOK 189.8 million, an increase of NOK 81.3 million or 75% compared to the same month last year. Exports to Portugal were up by NOK 66 million to a total of NOK 146.3 million. The volume of exports was up from 1,692 tonnes in May 2011 to 3,294 tonnes in May 2012, an impressive increase of no less than 95%.
Exports of Norwegian Saithe clipfish grew from NOK 47.5 million in May 2011 to NOK 56 million in May this year, with the biggest growth in exports to Congo and Jamaica.
Exports of salted fish down
The value of salted fish exports, both whole and filleted, totalled NOK 112.6 million in May, a reduction of NOK 25.4 million compared to the same month last year. Exports to Portugal showed the biggest fall, down from NOK 111.6 million to NOK 85.4 million. Exports to Spain, the next biggest market for salted fish after Portugal, increased from NOK 19.4 million to NOK 23.3 million.
Exports of stockfish also down
Exports of stockfish in May fell by NOK 2 million to a total of NOK 21.8 million. Compared to May last year, exports to Italy were down from NOK 5.4 million to NOK 3.6 million and exports to Nigeria declined from NOK 14.8 million to NOK 12.9 million.
Fewer fresh products
From May 2011 to May 2012, exports of fresh groundfish products from fishery fell in value by NOK 56.9 million to a total of NOK 92.8 million. Exports of fresh whole fish declined by NOK 39.4 million to a total of NOK 68.2 million and exports of fresh fillets were down from NOK 42.1 million to NOK 24.7 million. More fresh products were exported to France and Germany, while the biggest drop was in exports to Denmark.
Downturn in exports of frozen groundfish
Exports of frozen groundfish fell in May by NOK 64.3 million to a total of NOK 291.1 million. Exports of frozen whole fish were down by NOK 18.6 million to a total of NOK 210.7 million and exports of frozen fillet products fell by NOK 46.2 million to a total of NOK 78.4 million. China remains the biggest market for frozen groundfish, despite a reduction in the value of exports of NOK 18.2 million from May last year to a total of NOK 104.9 million.
Exports from aquaculture trend lower
Exports of products from aquaculture continued to fall in May, down by 22% from May last year to a total of NOK 15.8 million. The fall is largely attributable to a reduction in exports of whole farmed Norwegian Cod, down in value from NOK 11.6 million to NOK 8.8 million.