New record: Norwegian seafood exports will exceed €10 billion this week

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So far this year, Norway has exported 2.4 million tonnes of seafood worth NOK 97,7 billion. This represents a major milestone for Norway, as seafood exports will exceed NOK 100 billion (€10 billion) this week.

“The world loves seafood from Norway because it is healthy, sustainable, and of the highest quality. Seafood is a part of the solution to the global challenges we face, including health, climate and the need for more food,” says Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Norway is the world’s second largest exporter of seafood, providing 37 million daily meals of seafood to 146 countries across the globe. Responsible management of our precious resources is at the very core of the Norwegian seafood industry.

“The Norwegian model of seafood production is often acknowledged as best practice, and we are renowned across the world for the sustainable management of wild fisheries and responsible aquaculture production. By choosing seafood from Norway consumers can be assured they are eating some of the most sustainable and highest quality seafood there is,” says Larsen.

The main export driver is farmed Atlantic saalmon. Norway exported 108,000 tonnes of salmon worth € 620 million in November.

So far this year, Norway has exported 1 million tonnes of salmon worth €6.6 billion. This is a volume increase of 7 per cent, while the value increased by 6 per cent or €390 million from the same period last year.

Poland and France were the largest markets for salmon in November.

“An ever-increasing share of exports to the EU goes to countries that traditionally have a large amount of Norwegian salmon processed for export, mainly to other EU countries. Examples of countries that are processing and reexporting a large share of the Norwegian salmon is Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Lithuania,” says Paul T. Aandahl, seafood analyst at the Norwegian Seafood Council.