US boosts Nor­we­gian sal­mon ex­ports

Fish Farmer - - European News -

HIGH sal­mon prices con­tin­ued to drive up Nor­we­gian seafood ex­ports last month, the most re­cent fig­ures show. Over­seas sales to­talled 165,000 tonnes, net­ting the coun­try’s fish farm­ers and fish­er­men NOK 8.5 bil­lion. Vol­umes were up by 12 per cent and the value by four per cent.

As­b­jørn Warvik Rørtveit, an­a­lyst at the Nor­we­gian Seafood Coun­cil, said: ‘With an av­er­age price of NOK 73.73 per kilo of fresh whole sal­mon, we ex­pe­ri­enced the high­est monthly av­er­age price for sal­mon we have reg­is­tered in May.’

He said the high prices were driven by strong de­mand from around the world, and the United States in par­tic­u­lar, along with a still weak kro­ner when set against the euro.

May sal­mon ex­ports hit 81,000 tonnes and were worth NOK 6.1 bil­lion, al­most 75 per cent of the coun­try’s to­tal seafood earn­ings. Sal­mon ex­ports were up by NOK 851 mil­lion or 16 per cent com­pared to May last year. The av­er­age price per kilo has risen from NOK 69.76 to NOK 73.3 in the space of 12 months.

Once again, Poland, Den­mark (both ma­jor pro­cess­ing coun­tries) and France were the largest re­cip­i­ents of Nor­we­gian sal­mon in May, but sales to the US are grow­ing fast and were up by NOK 82 mil­lion or 24 per cent on May 2017.

Fish­eries min­is­ter Per Sand­berg said: ‘Amer­i­cans are eat­ing sal­mon like never be­fore, and I think it is be­cause sal­mon from Nor­way is known to be free from an­tibi­otics and sus­tain­able.

‘Growth in the United States shows the im­por­tance of the au­thor­i­ties and in­dus­try work­ing to­gether to achieve good mar­ket ac­cess. But we can­not rest on our lau­rels… en­sur­ing good frame­work con­di­tions for trade will be cru­cial to achiev­ing growth in the fu­ture.’

There was also good news for Nor­way’s trout farm­ers, with ex­ports to­talling 3,300 tonnes, worth NOK 316 mil­lion. The vol­ume in­creased by 54 per cent, while the value rose by NOK 87 mil­lion or 38 per cent.

Right: As­b­jørn Warvik Rørtveit

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