LFEX European Aquaculture Snapshot to 20th April, 2023

John Ersser - The London Fish Exchange

Published: 21st April 2023

This Article was Written by: John Ersser


The LFEX Norwegian Exporters Index for Week 16 2023 was overall down -5.50%, -6.92 NOK to stand at 119.01 NOK FCA Oslo Week ending Thursday vs previous Thursday.

The NOK rate was up at 11.60 to the Euro over the period Thursday to Thursday +0.20 NOK or +1.75%. The Fish Pool future April was reported higher at 118.0 NOK up +7.0 NOK or +6.31%.

The market opened +4.14 NOK to the good at 130.07 for the usual Friday pick-up and high of the week. Monday held firm at 129.37 as buyers hopes of an initial decrease didn’t materialise. However, Tuesday (124.02 NOK) through to Thursday saw a steady fall to 119.01 and the low of the week – but still very strong prices in NOK. The NOK was further battered this week against the EURO finishing around 11.6. The NOK has been losing ground to the Euro since 24th August last year (9.6211) a fall of over 20.5% – some respite for Euro buyers, more difficult if you have a NOK business.

Next week what do we know? The first is it is the Barcelona Expo and a lot of people will be there. We also know there is good volume in smaller fish 2-4’s coming through but a lack of larger 5-6’s and this is already reflecting in price spread around 10 – 12 NOK over the smaller size. Some older fish went through at the end of the last week a bit cheaper giving the opportunity to push pricing at the start of this week. With the NOK at a record low it is hard to judge. A sense that prices will start stronger again and over all see a stable price in NOK and lower in Euro. Difficult one to call and a lot of range at the moment, we shall see.

Looking forward to catching up at the Expo. David Nye’s technical analysis report will be published on Monday.

  Market Data (Click Each to Expand)

LFEX Prices

FX Rates

LFEX Indicative Exporter Prices (4 Week)

EUR / NOK FX Rate (4 Week)

Prices Ending 20th April, 2023

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