Norwegian Seafood Council reports volume and value increase for cod, salmon and haddock in Q3 2012
Exports of Norwegian cod, haddock and salmon to the UK have all seen an increase in volume and value in Q3 of 2012, highlighting a healthy market and a promising future. The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) has released the following figures which compare Q3 2012 volume and value exports to the UK of the three core Norwegian fish species to the same period in 2011.
• Cod exports saw an export volume increase of 2.8% from 1,976 tonnes to 2,031 tonnes in Q3 2012 compared to Q3 2011. This accounts for a value increase of 6%; up from GBP 6.6 million to slightly more than GBP 6.9 million.
• Haddock saw an increase in exports of 7.9% this quarter, up from 6,612 tonnes to 7,136 tonnes. This accounts for a value increase of 2.1%, up from GBP 13.4 million to GBP 13 million. The increase in cod and haddock exports show there is strong demand for Norwegian whitefish in the UK market.
• Salmon exports thrived in Q3 2012 – they were up from 7,735 tonnes to 10,096 tonnes, a huge increase of 30.5% compared to the same quarter last year. A significant price reduction this year compared to last year created a substantial increase in demand and this in turn created a more moderate, but still highly significant, value increase of 10.1% GBP 30 million to GBP 31.4 million
Johan Kvalheim, UK Director of the NSC, said that he was pleased with the Q3 export figures to the UK and is confident that the export market will continue to thrive. Johan continued: “All our main species; cod, haddock and salmon, are doing very well and these exports figures (in the context of value and volume) compared to Q3 2011 highlights a strong, healthy future for the Norwegian fishing industry.
In light of the 2013 Barents Sea cod quota being increased by 33% to 1,000,000 tonnes we are confident that the amount of cod that is exported to the UK will see an increase. The success of our sustainable fisheries management had led to this quota increase and ultimately means that Norway can continue to provide the UK with a consistent, plentiful supply of cod from our cold, clear waters. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the UK can enjoy delicious Norwegian seafood for generations to come.”