Norway isn’t only earning a fortune on its oil and gas. Seafood exports have also generated NOK 109 billion through the first nine months of the year, up fully 29 percent over last year’s revenues, which also had set a record.
It all makes the Norwegian seafood industry more valuable than ever, with exports hitting NOK 39 billion during the third quarter alone. They were churned up mostly by sales of 355,000 tons of salmon that made up 72 percent of the total value and 49 percent of volume.
Salmon sales rose by 30 percent, while white fish and mackerel also enjoyed strong growth. Frozen cod exports have never been higher, nor have those for the so-called klippfisk, the dried and salted cod that’s especially popular in Brazil and Portugal and served as bacalao.
September itself was a record month, with export value of NOK 15.1 billion, up 27 percent over September last year, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council (Norges sjømatråd) that released all the numbers. Many of them are viewed as fueled by restaurant reopenings as the Corona crisis eased.