By SeafoodSource staff
Published on Friday, February 15, 2013
The Norwegian Seafood Council’s latest numbers from January indicate a boost in the value of Norwegian seafood exports over this time in 2012, due in parts to increased export volume.
January seafood exports had a total value of NOK 4.8 billion (USD 865.6 million, EUR 648 million), a 15 percent increase over the value recorded in January of last year, according to council figures.
“The growth seen in January is due primarily to an increase in exports of Norwegian Salmon,” said Egil Ove Sundheim, director of market information with the council. “Strong demand meant that Norwegian Salmon producers exported more salmon and at higher prices than in the same period last year. In addition, we have noted that lower prices for Norwegian Cod have resulted in increased export volumes for cod products.”
The council noted the largest value growth in salmon exports, which totaled NOK 2.8 billion (USD 504.9 million, EUR 378 million) in January this year. That’s an increase of 43 percent over 2012’s January numbers. The council noted other growth in Norwegian fjord trout, cod and clipfish.
Mackerel exports fell in value by 54 percent, valued at NOK 180 million (USD 32.5 million, EUR 24.3 million) in January of this year. Herring exports also fell in value by 40 percent to NOK 365 million (USD 65.8 million, EUR 49.3 million ) in January. Salted fish exports remained stable at NOK 37 million (USD 6.7 million, EUR 5 million), approximately the same as last year.