Norway exported seafood worth NOK 16.8 million in the first quarter of the year. In total, this represents a 25 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2013.
The incredible cod (skrei) fisheries contributed to a 65 per cent increase in the the export of fresh cod, according to figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council.
In the month of March, seafood to the value of NOK 5.6 billion was exported. This represents an increase of 22 per cent or nearly a billion kroner compared to last year.
– Very strong demand for salmon and incredible skrei fisheries this winter are the main reasons why we are seeing new export records in Q1, says Egil Ove Sundheim, Market Information Director at the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Export of fresh cod, including filets, amounted to NOK 770 million in Q1. This represents an increase of 66 per cent or NOK 306 million compared to Q1 2013. The export volume increased by 15,000 tonnes to a total of 37,000 tonnes in the same period. In March, fresh cod exports, including filets, amounted to NOK 261 million. This is an increase of 35 per cent or NOK 68 million, compared to March last year.
Export of frozen cod, including filets, amounted to NOK 657 million in Q1. This represents an increase of 58 per cent or NOK 240 million compared to Q1 2013. The quantity of exports increased in the same period by 14,000 tonnes to a total of 36,000 tonnes. In March the export of frozen cod, including filets, amounted to NOK 191 million, representing an increase of 53 per cent or NOK 66 million compared to March last year.
NOK 10.7 billion worth of salmon was exported in Q1. This represents an increase of 33 per cent or NOK 2.6 billion compared to Q1 2013. In the month of March alone, salmon was exported to the tune of NOK 3.7 billion. Compared to March last year, this represents an increase of 27 per cent or NOK 790 million. The average price for whole, fresh Norwegian salmon in March was NOK 43.88 per kilo compared to NOK 37.59 in March last year. Poland and France were the biggest buyers of salmon from Norway.
Trout exports increased by 30 per cent or NOK 146 million in Q1 to a total value of NOK 632 million. In March the export of Norwegian trout amounted to NOK 227 million, representing an increase of 60 per cent or NOK 85 million compared to March last year. The largest buyers of Norwegian trout are Russia and Japan.
There was also a 16 per cent increase in the export of clipfish and a 34 per cent increase in the export of salted fish in Q1, the Seafood Council reports.