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INCREASE IN NORWEGIAN HERRING AND MACKEREL EXPORTS

INCREASE IN NORWEGIAN HERRING

Increase in Norwegian herring and mackerel exports. Norway exported 13,700 tonnes of herring for NOK 185 million in July. The volume of herring flaps and herring fillets increased by a total of 172 per cent, while exports of whole herring fell by 45 per cent. Overall, the volume was the same as last year and the value increased by 61 per cent or NOK 70 million compared with July last year.

So far this year, Norway has exported 169,000 tonnes of herring for NOK 1.5 billion. This is a 4 per cent increase in volume and a 10 per cent increase or NOK 144 million from the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Norway exported 6,600 tonnes of mackerel for NOK 118 million in July. The volume increase was 41 per cent and the value increased by 74 per cent or NOK 50 million compared with July last year.

So far this year, Norway has exported 88,000 tonnes of mackerel for NOK 1.5 billion. This is a 7 per cent increase in volume, and a value increase of 41 per cent or NOK 434 million from the same period last year. South Korea and China were the largest mackerel markets in July.

Norway has exported 164,000 tonnes of seafood worth NOK 7.8 billion in July. This is a 6 per cent fall in volume but an 11 per cent, or NOK 768 million, growth in value compared with the same period last year.

So far this year, Norway has exported 1.4 million tonnes of seafood worth NOK 59 billion. Export volume has fallen by 11 per cent, whilst export value has increased by 7 per cent or NOK 3.9 billion compared with the same period last year.

“Growth in the export volume of salmon in July, combined with increased prices, is the main reason why the value of Norwegian seafood exports has remained high during July”.

“Seafood exports fluctuate with the seasons and normally July is our weakest export month. For fishery exports, July 2019 was our second highest July month ever, with an export value of 1.7 billion. This is 5 per cent higher than last year, and just 0.5% less than July 2015, a record year for the fisheries sector”.

“For aquaculture, exports totaled NOK 6.2 billion, which is also a record for the month of July. 78 per cent of total seafood exports in July came from aquaculture”, says Paul T. Aandahl, Seafood Analyst with the Norwegian Seafood Council.

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