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Norway exports 19% less seafood in February

However, the value of exports keeps rising, according to new figures.

The value of Norwegian seafood exports grew by 6 percent in February this year to NOK 7.5 billion (€841 million/$884.5 million) from the same month of 2016, according to the latest released figures by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC).

However, the volume decreased by 19 percent to 196,000 metric tons of seafood, the figures showed.

During the month, Norway exported 72,800 metric tons of salmon worth NOK 4.9 billion (€549.5 million/$577.9 million).

The value of salmon exports jumped by NOK 692 million (€77.6 million/$81.6 million) or 16 percent, compared with February last year, while volume was flat

Average prices for fresh whole salmon was NOK 64.11 (€7.2/$7.6) per kilo, up from an average price of NOK 55.19 (€6.2/$6.5) in February last year.

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Poland, France and the United States were the biggest importers of Norwegian salmon,

So far this year, the country has exported 374,000 metric tons of fish and seafood -- down 59,000 metric tons from the same period last year -- at a value of NOK 15.1 billion (€1.7 billion/$1.8 billion).

The value of trout exports dropped 36 percent to NOK 187 million (€21 million/$22.1 million) year-on-year, after a volume decline from 3,700 to 2,500 metric tons.

Cod raked in NOK 428 million (€48 million/$50.5 million) from exports in February, which was down 6 percent from the same month of 2016.

The average price for cod rose 6 percent in February, while volumes dropped 3 percent to 12,600 metric tons.

Clip fish export jumped by NOK 67 million (€7.5 million/$7.9 million) to NOK 274 million (€30.7 million/$32.3 million), after a volume increase of 2,000 metric tons, while exports of herring, mackerel, king crabs and coldwater shrimp were down year-on-year.

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