Lower prices help drive up Nor­we­gian sal­mon ex­ports

Fish Farmer - - News -

LOWER prices are thought to have helped drive a sub­stan­tial in­crease in Nor­we­gian sal­mon ex­ports dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

Fig­ures from the Nor­we­gian Seafood Coun­cil show that the vol­ume was up by 10 per cent - or 8,500 tonnes - on Oc­to­ber last year to a to­tal of 98,500 tonnes.

But the value of th­ese ship­ments rose by just two per cent or NOK 123 mil­lion to a to­tal of NOK 5.7 bil­lion in a pe­riod when prices con­tin­ued to fall back.

The av­er­age price for whole fresh sal­mon in Oc­to­ber was NOK 54.65 per kilo against NOK 60.12 last year.

So far this year, the coun­try has ex­ported 807,000 tonnes of sal­mon worth NOK 53.4 bil­lion. This is a vol­ume in­crease of one per cent, while the value in­creased by nine per cent or NOK 4.3 bil­lion. Once again Poland and France were the largest mar­kets.

Ex­ports of farmed trout are con­tin­u­ing to de­cline. Ex­ports last month to­talled 4,000 tonnes worth NOK 253 mil­lion. The fig­ure is down by 18 per cent or 866 tonnes and also down by 18 per cent or NOK 54 mil­lion. The main buy­ers of Nor­we­gian trout are China and Be­larus.

Nor­we­gian seafood ex­ports of all types last month came out at 275,000 tonnes worth NOK 9.1 bil­lion, with vol­umes down by five per cent and the value three per cent - or NOK 281 mil­lion - lower.

How­ever, there was bet­ter news on fresh cod with vol­umes up by 23 per cent to NOK 91 mil­lion in Oc­to­ber.

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