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​Decrease in export of pelagic fish

Norway exported pelagic fish for NOK 2.4 billion in the first half of 2015. This is a decrease of 12 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Herring was exported for NOK 889 million, which represents a reduction of 32 per cent, while mackerel was exported for NOK 856 million, or a decrease of 5 per cent.

In June, Norway exported herring for NOK 224 million. This represents a decrease of 2 per cent compared to June last year. Mackerel exports came to NOK 166 million – an increase of 55 per cent.

"The decline in exports is mainly a result of a smaller herring quota overall. This year, Africa has become a more important market for us than before. A great deal of mackerel has been exported to Nigeria, and more of both herring and mackerel have been sold to Egypt", Kristin Lien from the Norwegian Seafood Council says.

The Netherlands buys the most herring

44,000 tonnes of whole frozen herring was exported in the first half of 2015, representing a decrease of 34 per cent. The average price of whole frozen herring in the first half was NOK 8.67 – an increase of 20 per cent year-on-year. The largest recipient countries for whole frozen herring are the Netherlands, Egypt, Ukraine and Lithuania.

29,000 tonnes of frozen herring fillet products were exported in the first half of 2015, representing a decrease of 31 per cent. The average price of frozen herring fillet products was NOK 13.08, which corresponds to an increase of 15 per cent. The largest recipient countries of frozen herring fillet products were Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Belarus.

In June, Norway exported a total of 10,000 tonnes of frozen whole herring. 70 per cent of the exports went to the Netherlands. Most of the fish are North Sea herring that is sold as soused herring.

Nigeria – the biggest recipient country of mackerel
Norway exported 73,000 tonnes of whole frozen mackerel in the first half of 2015, which is an increase of 5 per cent. The average price of whole frozen mackerel was NOK 10.63 in the first half of 2015, which corresponds to a decline of 11 per cent. The biggest buyers were Nigeria, China and Turkey.

In June, Norway exported a total of 14,000 tonnes of whole frozen mackerel. Most of it was sold to Nigeria. 

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The Norwegian Seafood Council works with the Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture industries to develop markets for Norwegian seafood through local market intelligence, market development and reputational risk management. The Seafood Council is headquartered in Tromsø and maintains local representatives in twelve of Norway's most important international markets. The Norwegian seafood industry finances the activities of the Norwegian Seafood Council via a tariff on all Norwegian seafood exports.

The Norwegian Seafood Council is a public company owned by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

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