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Seafood exports slide

Norway has seen the value of its seafood exports take a dive. Producers blame everything from a strong currency to SARS.

Norway has seen the value of its seafood exports take a dive. Producers blame everything from a strong currency to SARS.

Exports so far this year were valued at NOK 9.6 billion, down 10 percent from last year.

On a monthly basis, however, the numbers looked better. While the value of wild catches was down 14 percent, to NOK 1.2 billion, the value of farmed fish hit NOK 986 million in April, up 16 percent from April 2002.

Seafood exports as a whole were down 2 percent in April, to NOK 2.2 billion. Producers have struggled with a strong currency that hurts competition, and disruption in important Asian markets, some of it caused by the SARS virus.