More pelagic fish exports in November
The value of Norway’s exports of herring, mackerel and other pelagic fish in November 2013 totalled NOK 1.1 billion. This is an increase of NOK 53 million or 5 per cent compared to November last year, according to the latest figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council.
The value of exports of Norwegian herring in November totalled NOK 630 million. This is a decline of 4 per cent compared to the same month last year.
“Despite lower quotas this year, the volume of herring exports in November was up,” says Kristin Lien, senior analyst with the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Exports of mackerel in November were up in value by 5 per cent to NOK 418 million.
“A total of 100,000 tonnes of mackerel is destined for consumption in Japan - about half of it via China, where it will be processed,” adds Kirsten Lien. “Japan is our most important mackerel market and they have paid more for mackerel during this year’s season.”
This year to date, the value of exports of pelagic fish totals NOK 5.9 billion, down from NOK 7.4 billion in the same period last year.
Russia biggest market for Norwegian herring
Russia was the biggest herring market in November, with exports valued at NOK 148 million. Exports of Norwegian herring to Lithuania and Ukraine in November were valued at NOK 112 million and NOK 95 million respectively.
The volume of exports of frozen whole Norwegian herring in November totalled 51,000 tonnes, up by 18,000 tonnes from November last year. The average price of frozen whole Norwegian herring in November was NOK 7.18 per kg, down by NOK 0.65 compared to November last year.
A total of 17,000 tonnes of frozen Norwegian herring fillet products was exported in November, a reduction of 2,000 tonnes compared to November last year. Exports of Norwegian herring fillets were primarily destined for markets in Belarus, Poland, Germany and Russia. In November the average price was NOK 11.87 per kg, down by NOK 2.50 compared to November 2012.
This year to date, the biggest export markets for Norwegian herring are Russia and Lithuania. So far this year, a total of 291,000 tonnes has been exported to a value of NOK 2.7 billion and an average price of NOK 9.35 per kg. This is a decline in value of NOK 1.1 billion or 29 per cent compared to the same period in 2012.
Japan and China biggest mackerel markets
The value of mackerel exports in November totalled NOK 418 million, an increase compared to the same month last year.
Japan, China and South Korea were the biggest markets. The average price of frozen whole mackerel in November was NOK 11.87 per kg, up by NOK 2.32 compared to the same month last year.
This year to date, mackerel exports are down in value by NOK 110 million to a total of NOK 2.8 billion. The most important markets for mackerel from Norway are Japan and China. So far this year, the volume of mackerel exports totals 237,000 tonnes, down by 22,000 tonnes compared to the same period last year. The average price is up by NOK 0.59 per kg to NOK 11.62 per kg.