SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture Research believe that it should be possible to significantly multiply Norwegian exports of herring roe to the Eastern European and Japanese markets. Norway is currently a minor player in these markets, with annual exports of barely 850 tonnes.
Herring roe is a well-established product in Asia, and as a by-product it has important potential, being very rich in proteins and omega-3 fatty acids. Herring roe is regarded as a delicacy, particularly in Japan, as well as in such markets as Russia, Romania, Belarus and Ukraine, where roe is used in salads. There is also an important market for capelin roe, a product that could be replaced by herring roe.