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Prices keep Norwegian seafood exports above water

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The value of Norwegian seafood exports in the first quarter of 2013 totalled $2.3 billion (NOK 13.4 billion).

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This is at the same level as in the first quarter of 2012. In March, the value of seafood exports totalled NOK 4.6 billion. This is a decrease of 4% or NOK 190 million compared to the same month last year.

"The value of Norwegian Salmon exports has increased due to steep price increases, but at the same time the wild fishing industry has noted a fall in the value of exports in the first quarter of the year," said Egil Ove Sundheim, director of market information with the Norwegian Seafood Council.

The value of Norwegian Salmon exports in the first quarter of 2013 totalled NOK 8.2 billion. This is an increase of 22% or NOK 1.5 billion compared to the same period last year. Exports of Norwegian Salmon in March were valued at NOK 3 billion. Compared to March last year, this is an increase of 12% or NOK 312 million. The average price for fresh whole Norwegian Salmon in March was NOK 37.65 per kg, compared to NOK 28.34 per kg in March last year. France and Poland were the biggest markets for Norwegian Salmon.

The value of exports of Norwegian Fjord Trout in the first quarter of 2013 increased by 20% or NOK 79 million to a total of NOK 482 million. The value of exports of Norwegian Fjord Trout in March totalled NOK 144 million, down by 9% or NOK 15 million compared to the same month last year. The biggest markets for Norwegian Fjord Trout are Russia and Japan.

The value of exports of Norwegian Herring in the first quarter of 2013 totalled NOK 812 million. This is a drop of 48% or NOK 741 million compared to the first quarter of 2012. In March, the value of Norwegian Herring exports totalled NOK 186 million, a decline of 46% or NOK 156 million from March last year. Russia and Ukraine are the biggest markets for Norwegian Herring.

Mackerel exports in the first quarter of 2013 were valued at NOK 478 million, down by 39% or NOK 302 million from the first quarter last year. In March, the value of Norwegian Herring exports from Norway totalled NOK 106 million, down by 25% or NOK 36 million compared to the same month last year. China and Russia are the most important mackerel markets.

Exports of clipfish in the first quarter of 2013 totalled NOK 745 million, a decline of 16% or NOK 137 million compared to the first quarter of 2012. The volume of exports was the same as last year. In March, the value of clipfish exports totalled NOK 173 million, down by 20% or NOK 44 million from March last year.

Exports of salted fish in the first quarter totalled NOK 282 million. Compared to the first quarter of 2012, this is a reduction of 13% or NOK 44 million. The volume of exports increased by 10% or 1,000 tonnes to a total of 11,216 tonnes. The value of exports of salted fish in March totalled NOK 136 million, down by 18% or NOK 29 million from March last year.


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