Norway’s seafood exports up 6% in May
The Norwegian Seafood Export Council on Tuesday announced that the value of Norway’s seafood exports in May totaled NOK 4 billion, up NOK 212 million from the same month in 2010.
Through May, the value of Norway’s seafood exports reached NOK 22 billion, an increase of NOK 2.3 million from the same five-month period last year.
As for salmon, Norwegian salmon exports totaled NOK 12.6 billion through May, up NOK 1.5 billion from the same period last year. In May alone, salmon exports were up NOK 133 million from May 2010. However, the average price of whole fresh salmon in May came to NOK 39.21, down NOK 0.73 from May 2010 and NOK 3.54 from April 2011.
Additionally, in the first five months of 2011, the value of cod exports (NOK 768 million), saithe exports (NOK 510 million) and mackerel and herring exports (NOK 2 billion) all increased, while ling exports (NOK 47 million), tusk exports (NOK 38 million) and trout exports (NOK 518 million) all decreased.
“There is continued strong demand for Norwegian seafood in many markets. The growth in exports this year to date reflects the very good markets at present for Norwegian salmon and herring and mackerel products,” said Egil Ove Sundheim, the council’s director of market information.