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Norwegian seafood exports slightly down

Christian Fernsby |
Norway exported 2.7 million tonnes of seafood to a total value of NOK 107.3 billion in 2019.

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This represents a 3 per cent decrease in volume but an 8 per cent (or NOK 8.3 billion) increase in value, compared to 2018, which was a record year.

This corresponds to 36 million meals every day throughout the year, or 25,000 meals per minute.

The relationship between aquaculture and fisheries has changed little from last year.

Aquaculture represents 71 per cent by value, and 44.6 per cent by volume.

In 2019, Norway exported 1.2 million tonnes of fish from aquaculture worth NOK 76.5 billion.

Volume has increased by 7 per cent, while the export value has increased by NOK 5.6 billion or 8 per cent compared to 2018.

Fisheries account for 29 per cent of total seafood exports measured by value.

Measured by volume, fisheries account for 55.4 per cent.

For fisheries, export volume totaled 1.5 million tonnes, worth NOK 30.8 billion.

This is a 10 per cent reduction in volume, but a 10 per cent or NOK 2.7 million year-on-year increase in value.

Salmon is by far the largest species both in terms of volume and value.

Salmon exports in 2019 amounted to 1.1 million tonnes, representing NOK 72.5 billion in export value.

Export volume increased by 6 per cent, and export value increased by 7 per cent or NOK 4.8 billion from 2018.

2019 has seen a significant increase in the trade of seafood between Norway and China.

Trout is the second major fish species.

59,600 tonnes of trout were exported with a value of NOK 3.7 billion.

Volume increased by 29 per cent while export value increased by NOK 707 million or 24 per cent compared to 2018.

For the fisheries sector, cod is the largest species measured in terms of value.

Cod exports in 2019 totalled 181,000 tonnes, and NOK 10.1 billion by value.

Export volume fell by 8 per cent, while value increased by NOK 660 million or 7 per cent compared to 2018.

Mackerel is the second largest species in the catch sector.

Export volumes for mackerel in 2019 were 238,000 tonnes, and export value totalled NOK 4.3 billion.

Export volume in 2019 fell 7 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 464 million or 12 per cent compared to 2018.

In 2019, Norwegian mackerel bolstered its position in the main markets, Japan and South Korea.

In 2019, 349,000 tonnes of herring were exported, worth NOK 3.2 billion.

Volume increased by 20 per cent, while export value increased by NOK 541 million or 21 per cent.

Saithe is the second largest species of whitefish in terms of export performance.

Exports of saithe in 2019 were 116,000 tonnes, while the value was NOK 2.5 billion.

Volume increased by 9 per cent while value increased by NOK 373 million or 18 per cent from 2018.

Haddock is the third most significant whitefish export.

Exports of haddock in 2019 amounted to 60,100 tonnes, while the export value totalled was NOK 1.8 billion.

Volume fell by 2 per cent while the value increased by NOK 77 million or 5 per cent compared to 2018.

Prawns is the most important shellfish species for export.

Exports of prawns in 2019 were 16,100 tonnes and NOK 1.1 billion in value.

Volume was up 50 per cent while export value increased by NOK 255 million or 31 per cent against 2018.

King crab is the second most valuable shellfish species.

King crab exports in 2019 were 2,000 tonnes, and NOK 642 million by value.

Volume increased by 3 per cent while value increased by NOK 64 million or 11 per cent measured against 2018.

Export of clipfish in 2019 totalled 91,800 tonnes, and NOK 4.8 million by value.

Volume was at the same level as during 2018, but the export value increased by NOK 529 million or 12 per cent against 2018.

The export of salted fish in 2019 totalled 23,400 tonnes, while the value was NOK 1.3 billion.

Volume fell by 19 per cent while export value fell by NOK 147 million or 10 per cent against 2018.

Exports of stockfish in 2019 were 5,600 tonnes, while the value was NOK 822 million.

Volume fell by 24 per cent while value increased by NOK 67 million or 9 per cent by 2018.

Norwegian seafood producers exported 1.6 million tonnes of seafood to the EU worth NOK 68 billion.

This represents a 7 per cent increase in volume, and a NOK 2.4 billion, or 4 per cent, increase in export value compared to 2018.

In 2019, 506,000 tonnes of seafood worth NOK 21.4 billion were exported to Asia.

This is a 6 per cent growth in volume and a NOK 3.7 billion or 21 per increase in value from 2018.

To Eastern Europe, the export volume was 168,000 tonnes while the export value ended the year at NOK 4.3 billion.

This represents a decrease of 2 per cent, but an increase in value of NOK 676 million or 19 per cent year-on-year.

Poland remains our largest market in terms of export value.

230,000 tonnes of seafood were exported, totalling NOK 10.6 billion.

2019 saw an increase of 1 per cent by volume and an increase of NOK 407 million or 4 per cent by value.

Denmark is now the second largest market for Norwegian seafood in terms of export value.

Norway exported seafood to Denmark with a total value of NOK 9.2 billion in 2019.

This is an increase of NOK 660 million or 8 per cent compared to the previous year.

The largest growth market outside Poland in 2019 was China which has grown by as much as NOK 1.5 billion or 40 per cent finishing the year with a total export value of NOK 5.2 billion.

This makes China our 7th most important market in 2019.

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