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Norwegian pelagic exports increase in January

Press Release   •   Feb 04, 2016 09:57 GMT

Norway exported pelagic fish worth some NOK 621 million in January. This represents an increase of 24 per cent from January 2015.

Herring exports amounted to NOK 347 million in January. An increase of 59 per cent year-on-year. Mackerel exports totalled NOK 264 million in January. This is an increase of 20 per cent compared with January 2015. Poland was the largest market for pelagic fish in January, with Germany and the Netherlands as runners up.

“The increase in the export value of pelagic fish in January is mainly as a result of larger herring harvests being exported at higher prices”, says Paul Aandahl.

Poland's herring market

Some 15,000 tonnes of frozen whole herring were exported in January, an increase of 48 per cent. Ukraine, Egypt and Lithuania were the biggest markets for frozen whole herring in January. The average price achieved for frozen whole herring in January was NOK 9.27 per kg. An increase of 22 per cent compared with January 2015.

Norway exported 11,000 tonnes of frozen herring fillet products in January. An increase of 23 per cent compared with the same month last year. The largest markets in terms of volume were Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. The average price of frozen herring fillet products in January was NOK 16.64 per kg. An increase of 18 per cent from January 2015.

Japan's mackerel market

Norway exported 24,000 tonnes of frozen whole mackerel in January. An increase of 17 per cent from January 2015. The largest export markets were Japan, Nigeria and China. The average price of frozen whole mackerel was NOK 10.95 per kg in January. An increase of 3 per cent from January 2015.

The Norwegian Seafood Council works with the Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture industries to develop markets for Norwegian seafood through local market intelligence, market development and reputational risk management. The Seafood Council is headquartered in Tromsø and maintains local representatives in twelve of Norway's most important international markets. The Norwegian seafood industry finances the activities of the Norwegian Seafood Council via a tariff on all Norwegian seafood exports.

The Norwegian Seafood Council is a public company owned by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.