“An increased focus on the live storage of cod has resulted in increased exports of fresh cod in an otherwise quiet summer period," says Ove Johansen, Branch Manager for Codfish at the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Norway exported 41 per cent more fresh whole cod in July, to a total of 1,385 tonnes. The price rose by 12 per cent to NOK 2.85 per kilo. Measured in euros, this is an increase of 5.5 per cent.
The value of exports of fresh fillet products totalled NOK 24 million in July, an increase of NOK 7 million. The price increased by an average of 18 per cent.
The value of exports of all fresh codfish products from fishing was close to NOK 123 million in July, 40 per cent more than last July.
Good July for clipfish exports
The value of exports of Norwegian clipfish in July was NOK 214 million. This is an increase of NOK 33 million compared to the same month last year. A total of 6,380 tonnes of clipfish was exported in July, 362 tonnes more than the same month in 2013.
The value of exports of clipfish made from Atlantic cod was NOK 97 million, up NOK 21 million from last year. The value of exports of clipfish made from saithe totalled NOK 101 million, 13 per cent more than the same period last year.
The largest single market for clipfish is Portugal, with a total of NOK 60 million in exports in July. Brazil experienced the greatest growth, at 69 per cent, compared to NOK 27.1 million in July last year, to a total of NOK 45.9 million this July.
Less salted fish
The value of exports of salted fish, both whole and filleted, barely reached NOK 29 million in July. This is 10 per cent lower than the same month last year. Total exports were down by 26 per cent to a total of 1,000 tonnes, while prices rose by 22 per cent, measured in Norwegian crowns. Measured in euros, the price increased by 20 per cent. Portugal purchased 61 per cent of all Norwegian salted fish in July.
Exports of stockfish down
Exports of stockfish in July totalled NOK 29.2 million, down 10 per cent compared to last July. The volume rose by 33 per cent, from 378 tonnes to 502 tonnes. Stockfish made from saithe increased most in export volume.
Exports of Norwegian Cod stockfish from Lofoten totalled NOK 11.4 million in July, down 26 per cent compared to last year. The export volume of Norwegian Cod stockfish from Lofoten in July was down 16 per cent to a total of 130 tonnes.
Exports of Norwegian Cod stockfish from Lofoten to Italy totalled NOK 8 million in July, an increase of 7 per cent compared to last July. The average price also dropped by 6 per cent per kilo. Nigeria imported NOK 12.8 million of stockfish, a decrease of 30 per cent.
Frozen codfish exports down
Exports of fresh whole cod, saithe and haddock in July were down 9 per cent to a total of NOK 267.5 million. The value of frozen fillet exports was up 13 per cent to NOK 55.8 in July. Great Britain continue to be the largest market for frozen fillets and was up NOK 17.6 million in July to a total of NOK 32.2 million.
Exports of codfish from aquaculture up
The value of exports of Norwegian cod, halibut and turbot from aquaculture in July totalled NOK 8.7 million. This is an increase of NOK 1 million compared to the last July. Exports of cod from aquaculture increased from NOK 4.5 to NOK 6 million. A total of 232 tonnes of cod from aquaculture were exported in July, up by 204 tonnes from last July. The average price was NOK 26.15 per kilo, an increase of 19 per cent from last July.