Norway exported seafood worth NOK 8.6 billion last month. This is an increase of NOK 338 million, or 4%, compared with April last year.
“Despite the fact that the seafood markets are still strongly affected by the corona pandemic and a strengthened Norwegian krone, the value of seafood exports in April is the second-highest for April ever,” CEO Renate Larsen of the Norwegian Seafood Council noted.
She explains that this is partly due to the fact that record-high volumes are exported at increased prices of, among other things, salmon and snow crab.
86,000 tons of salmon
Salmon exports in April amounted to 86,000 tonnes of salmon, worth NOK 5.8 billion. The value of salmon exports was the second-highest for April ever, only beaten by April 2019 – when it amounted to NOK 6.2 billion.
In the case of snow crab, 770 tonnes worth NOK 123 million were exported in April, an increase in volume of 515%. Here, the value increased by NOK 105 million, or 585%, compared with April last year.
Poland, France, and the USA were the largest markets for Norwegian salmon in April, while the USA, Denmark, and the Netherlands were the largest markets for Norwegian snow crab.
An adaptable industry
Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen is very pleased with the figures.
“This means that we have an industry that is adaptable and has good people at all levels. This is a prerequisite for further predictability for many important jobs and provides value creation throughout our country,” he told news bureau NTB.
“Despite the corona pandemic, seafood exports have fared very well and Norwegian seafood is in demand,” Ingebrigtsen added.
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