NORWEGIAN HERRING EXPORTS FALL BUT MACKEREL SEES GROWTH
Norwegian herring exports fall but mackerel sees growth. According to the latest figures from the Norwegian Export Council, in January 2019, 33 300 tonnes of herring were exported with a total value of NOK 282 million. This is a reduction in volume of 920 tonnes or 3 per cent, while export value fell by NOK 42 million or 13 per cent. Lithuania, Germany and Poland were the main markets for herring in January.
In January, 22 600 tonnes of mackerel were exported with a value totalling NOK 376 million. Export volume increased by 2,900 tonnes or 15 per cent while export value increased by NOK 132 million or 54 per cent. The price for frozen mackerel increased by 34 per cent compared to January 2018 reaching NOK 16.19 per kg. The price in January remains the same as in December. China, South Korea and the Netherlands were the largest mackerel export markets in January.
“We have seen an increase in exports to important markets such as China and Japan. The strong prices from last year’s season has been carried into the new year”, says seafood analyst, Paul T. Aandahl.
Meanwhile, 1,800 tonnes of prawns were exported with a value of NOK 111 million. This represents an increase in volume of 1,200 tonnes or 175 per cent, while export value has increased by NOK 58 million or 110 per cent compared with January last year. Iceland, Sweden and the UK were the largest export markets in January.
“Low cod and haddock quotas mean that fishermen have spare capacity and use this to increase their prawn fishing activity. Iceland has imported nearly 800 tonnes of raw material in January, and Sweden, the largest consumer market has also made an impact on the statistics and has contributed to increases by more than 130 per cent”, says seafood analyst, Ingrid K. Pettersen.
239 tonnes of king crab were exported with a total value of NOK 70 million. This is an increase in volume of 70 tonnes or 41 per cent, while export value increased by NOK 21 million or 44 per cent. South Korea, the United States and Spain were the largest recipients of king crab in January.