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Groundfish exports decline slightly

Cod procesamiento. (Photo Credit: Alf Borjesson/Norwegian Seafood Council)

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Monday, February 09, 2015, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
Norway exported cod, saithe, haddock and other groundfish to a combined value of NOK 1 billion (USD 138.8 million) in January, a slight decline of 3 per cent or NOK 31 million (USD 4 million) compared with the strong sales of January last year. The volume exported reached 30,414 tonnes of cod fish in January, a decrease of 33 per cent year-on-year.

"January 2014 was exceptionally strong and large quantities of frozen whole cod and fresh skrei were exported. This year we are closer to a normal situation and we are seeing a decrease in export quantity for several products. In particular, exports of frozen whole and fresh whole cod have reduced somewhat", says Ove Johansen from theNorwegian Seafood Council.

Overall exports of all frozen groundfish products reduced by NOK 99 million to total NOK 274 million in January. Whole frozen cod saw the sharpest reduction, from over 14,000 tonnes in January 2014, to 3,800 tonnes this year. Whole frozen cod saw a large price increase of 56 per cent, from NOK 15.51 to NOK 24.18 per kg.

Exports of fresh cod fish products were worth NOK 271 million in January, which represents a decline of 7 per cent, or NOK 20 million from January 2014.

Skrei has for the first time now received its own product number. In January, 425 tonnes of cod were exported worth NOK 17.4 million. The average price achieved was NOK 40.92 per kg.

Exports of fresh cod totalled NOK 114 million in January, a decrease of NOK 64 million from the January 2014 total of NOK 178 million. The average price was NOK 22.61 per kg compared with NOK 19.96 per kg the previous year.

Norway exported clipfish worth NOK 444 million in January, a 49 per cent, or NOK 145 million improvement year-on-year.

In total 9,568 tonnes of clipfish were exported in January, an increase of 766 tonnes, or 9 percent on January 2014. Of this, exports of Atlantic cod clipfish were worth NOK 207 million, an increase of NOK 77 million on January 2014. The price achieved was 17 per cent higher than a year earlier.

Sei clipfish exports were valued at NOK 190 million, an increase of NOK 59 million on January 2014. The price for saithe rose by an average of 10 per cent on the previous year. The largest single market for clipfish in January was Brazil. Exports of clipfish to Brazil were worth NOK 290 million in January, NOK 140 million more than in January 2014.

Exports of salted fish, both whole and fillet, were worth NOK 39.3 million in January, an increase of 23 per cent, or NOK 7.3 million compared with January 2014. The volume of exports totalled 1,106 tonnes of salted fish in January, a 2 per cent reduction year-on-year. The average price for salted fish rose by 26 per cent in January year-on-year.

Greece was the biggest market, buying salted fish worth NOK 14 million (an increase of 96 per cent from January 2014).

Exports of stockfish were worth NOK 59 million in January, up 8 per cent from the previous year. Some 503 tonnes of stockfish were exported in January, a 22 per cent decline year-on-year. The average price for stockfish was NOK 121.66 per kg in January, an ncrease of 20 per cent from the previous year.

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