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Pelagic exports higher than ever

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 03:50 (GMT + 9)

The value of exports of pelagic fish in 2011 set a new record, totalling NOK 8.4 billion (EUR 1,1 billion). This is an increase of 15 per cent or NOK 1.1 billion (EUR 143.5 million) compared to 2010. The value of exports of herring and mackerel from Norway has never been higher in a single year than in 2011.

The value of mackerel exports totalled NOK 3.5 billion (EUR 456.6 million), up by 16 per cent, while the value of herring exports totalled NOK 4.2 billion (EUR 548 million), an increase of 14 per cent from the previous year.

For the first time since 2002, Japan is the biggest market for pelagic fish with the value of exports totalling NOK 1.4 billion (EUR 182.7 million). Russia is the next biggest market, followed by China and Germany. While the value of exports to Germany showed strong growth in 2011, Nigeria saw a sharp drop in exports after a good year in 2010.

”The record exports achieved in 2011 are the result not only of higher quotas, but also higher prices for all pelagic products. This indicates greater willingness in the markets to pay for pelagic products,” says senior analyst Kristin Lien from the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSEC), who emphasises in particular the growth seen in exports to Japan.”And if we also include China, where we know that the majority of exports are further processed and re-exported to Japan for consumption, we estimate that Japan’s consumption of pelagic fish from Norway tops NOK 2 billion (EUR 261 million) – just in Japan.”

Russia was the biggest market for herring from Norway in 2011 with exports valued at NOK 912 million (EUR 119 million), up by 6 per cent from 2010, while Germany climbs to second place by a good margin with exports totalling NOK 757 million (EUR  98.8 million), showing strong growth of an impressive 78 per cent. Nigeria, which placed second in 2010, has dropped to seventh place.

In 2011, the volume of exports of frozen whole herring totalled 282,000 tonnes, a drop of 37 per cent. The biggest markets in terms of volume were Russia with 78,000 tonnes (down by 36 per cent), Ukraine 56,000 tonnes (down 20 per cent) and Nigeria 45,000 tonnes (down 65 per cent). The average price for frozen whole herring in 2011 was NOK 6.88 (EUR 0.89) per kg, an increase of no less than NOK 2.31 (EUR 0.30) or 50 per cent from 2010.

The volume of exports of frozen herring fillet products in 2011 totalled 146,000 tonnes, a reduction of 10 per cent. The biggest markets in terms of volume were Germany with 51,000 tonnes (up by 15 per cent), Russia 34,000 tonnes (down 25 per cent) and Poland 21,000 tonnes (down 20 per cent). The average price of frozen herring fillet products in 2011 was NOK 12.13 (EUR 1.58) per kg, up by NOK 4.68 (EUR 0.61) or 63 per cent from 2010.

Japan was the biggest mackerel market in 2011 with exports from Norway valued at NOK 1.2 billion, up by 17 per cent from 2010, with China in second place with exports valued at NOK 777 million (EUR 101.4 million) , an increase of 47 per cent. Together this means that over half of all mackerel exports from Norway are consumed in Japan. South Korea, Russia and Turkey are the next biggest mackerel markets.

The volume of exports of frozen whole mackerel from Norway in 2011 totalled 239,000 tonnes, a reduction of 10 per cent. The biggest markets in terms of volume were Japan with 75,000 tonnes (down by 4 per cent), China 57,000 tonnes (up 12 per cent) and Turkey 19,000 tonnes (down 26 per cent). In 2011, the average price of frozen whole mackerel was NOK 13.89 (EUR 1.81) per kg, an increase of NOK 3.28 (EUR 0.42) or 31per cent from 2010.

In 2011, the value of capelin exports from Norway totalled just over NOK 500,000 (EUR 65.300), an increase of 16 per cent. Russia was the biggest capelin market last year with exports valued at NOK 136 million (EUR 17.7 million) , a reduction of 9 per cent from 2010. Japan was in second place with exports valued at NOK 92 million (EUR 12 million) , an increase of 42 per cent, and China was in third place with exports totalling NOK 74 million (EUR 9.6 million), up by an impressive 92 per cent.

The volume of exports of frozen whole capelin from Norway in 2011 totalled 102,000 tonnes, down by 19 per cent compared to 2010. The biggest markets in terms of volume were Russia with 32,000 tonnes (down by 25 per cent), Japan 16,000 tonnes (up 15 per cent), Ukraine 16,000 tonnes (down 53 per cent) and China 14,000 tonnes (up 61 per cent). In 2011, the average price of frozen whole capelin from Norway was NOK 4.72 (EUR 0.61), up by NOK 0.99 (EUR 0.13) or 27 per cent from 2010.

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