Mackerel up, herring down
Norway exported herring, mackerel and other pelagic fish to the tune of NOK 1.5 billion in the first quarter of the year.This is a decrease of NOK 208 million, or 12.3 per cent, compared with last year.In the month of March, exports amounted to NOK 325 million, a decline of 29.7 per cent, according to numbers from the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Herring exports amounted to NOK 720 million in Q1. This represents a decrease of 13 per cent or NOK 107 million compared to Q1 2013. In the month of March alone, herring was exported to the tune of NOK 143 billion.Compared with March last year, this represents a decrease of 19 per cent or NOK 32 million.Volumes in March fell by 15 per cent to 16,000 tonnes.
– The reduced herring exports can primarily be attributed to lower quotas, however, we are also obtaining a lower price than the same period last year, says Kristin Lien of the Norwegian Seafood Council.
For mackerel we see a rise in value of 40 per cent to NOK 661 million in Q1.The volume rose to 54,000 tonnes, representing a growth of 14 per cent.In March, mackerel export value rose by 5 per cent to NOK 110 million despite a volume decline of 12 per cent compared to the same month last year.
– Good demand for mackerel in several markets and increased landings in Norway has resulted in higher Norwegian exports, says Lien.
Russia tops the herring market
Russia tops the herring market in the first quarter of the year with export values to the tune of NOK 154 million. Germany and Lithuania bought Norwegian herring for respectively NOK 136 million and NOK 112 million.
Frozen whole herring exports amounted to 52,000 tonnes, which is 7,000 tonnes less than in the first quarter last year. Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine are the main markets for frozen, whole herring. The average price in Q1 for frozen whole herring was NOK 6.88, representing a fall of NOK 0.11 compared to the same period in 2013.
Export of frozen herring filet products amounted to 27,000 tonnes and representing an increase of 3,000 tonnes from last year. Germany, Poland and Russia account for the major portion of Norwegian herring filet exports. On average, the price has been NOK 11.35 per kilo, which is NOK 1.70 below last year’s price.
Russia, Ukraine and Germany were the most important export markets for Norwegian herring. Frozen whole herring exports amounted 10,000 tonnes and frozen filets to 5,000 tonnes, representing a respective decline of 19 and 6 per cent compared to the same time last year. The average price for whole frozen herring was NOK 6.87 per kilo, a decline from NOK 7.08 last year. For frozen herring filet, the price in March was NOK 11.65 compared to NOK 13.25 for the same period last year.
China and the Netherlands top markets for mackerel
Mackerel export in Q1 is significantly higher than for the same period last year. The biggest product group by far is frozen, whole mackerel which saw an increase of 6,000 tonnes to a total of 52,000 tonnes. In the month of March 8,000 tonnes of frozen whole mackerel was exported compared to 9,000 tonnes in March 2013.
China, the Netherlands and Japan have been the biggest buyers this first quarter. The average price of Norwegian frozen whole mackerel was NOK 11.92 in Q1 which is NOK 2.23 more than last year.
China, Ukraine and Lithuania were the top markets for frozen whole mackerel in March. The average price in March was NOK 12.70 compared to NOK 10.97 last year.
Decline in capelin export this winter
Capelin exports saw a 50 per cent decline in value in Q1 compared to last year. Exports amounted to NOK 99 million at an average price of NOK 4.99, which is NOK 0.63 higher than the same period in 2013. A total of 20,000 tonnes capelin was exported mainly to Russia, with China and Japan following as the second and third biggest export destinations. This represents a decline of 53 per cent, from 43,000 tonnes in Q1 last year.