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Photo: Brandasund Fiskemottak (2020) / Norges Sildesalgslag

Fresh mackerel above expectations

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Thursday, July 16, 2020, 00:10 (GMT + 9)

The corona situation created some concern for exports ahead of the season, but the reality has been anything but negative

It is mainly fish from Western Norway and the Rogaland Fjords that are exported to the EU markets. The fishing in these areas has been good when the weather has allowed it. Skipper at Harengus can tell about good accessibility in the Bømlo area. 

- It has been good with fish, it is probably many years since we have seen such deposits of mackerel in the fjords so early in the season, in addition it is good with other species in the sea and, which helps, says shipowner Morten Alfredsen, Harengus.

F/V Harengus (Photo: Stockfile)►

The first catch to the fresh market came around the middle of April and by mid-May there was considerable activity in fishing. The corona situation, on the other hand, created some uncertainties about exports, which led to some starting difficulties, but when the market demand showed, the mackerel went away.  

- The statistics so far this year show that exports to the EU have exceeded expectations, both price level and volume are at about the same level as last year. In June last year, 383 tonnes were fished while 390 tonnes were fished this year, says acting sales manager Åge Røttingen.

Positively surprised by Italy

Torbjørn Waage at Brandasund Fiskemottak is, among other things, positively surprised that the Italian market is as good as it is. 

- There were some uncertainties around the beginning of the season, so it is therefore very positive that the Italians want mackerel, we are probably around the same exports as last year, says Waage.

After the EU's duty - free quota was considered exhausted at the beginning of last week, there was a jump in sales and the statistics for July are slightly ahead of last year. 

- As it is now, it looks positive for the export of fresh mackerel further, says Røttingen.

The quality and size of the mackerel has also been good and suitable for the markets. 

- The British often want slightly larger fish, but the Italians prefer sizes of around 300-450 grams, says Waage.

Author: Camilla Klævold / Norges Sildesalgslag | Read full article here

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