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Bottomfish

 
Report Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
 

 

This report focuses on catch volumes of different bottomfish species in the EU. We also inform on bans, supplies, prices, inventories, markets, imports and exports of the species in the index.

EUROPE

European Union

Inventories / landed volumes

Spain

On the wholesale market of Mercabarna, during February, supplies of frozen bottomfish species declined by 0.8 tonnes. Those of fresh species declined by 26 tonnes. Regarding frozen ones, the most important drops were those in hake fillets and cod. The most important rises were those in hake slices and kingclip. In fresh species volumes, the most significant drops were those in sea trout, import angler and import longline hake. The most important rises were those in trawl hake and national longline hake.

Table 1: Incoming volumes in the main bottomfish species
in Mercabarna

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

February

January

Frozen

Cod

19,147

20,520

-7

Cod rolls

675

696

-3

Hake/angler cold cuts

1,290

1,420

-9

Sole fillet

7,066

6,536

8

Hake fillets

9,533

13,685

-30

Flatfish

9,410

10,141

-7

Whole hake n 3/4

4,971

4,565

9

Sea trout n 0/1/2

1,020

760

34

Chinese angler

4,838

4,511

7

Namibian angler and Gran Sol

13,809

12,897

7

Hake slices

10,946

8,988

22

Kingclip slices

5,380

4,105

31

Whole kingclip

1,720

1,850

-7

Fresh

Kingclip

3,678

1,820

102

Cod fillet

21,099

24,764

-15

Wild cod

28,894

22,396

29

Wild porgy

3,939

5,005

-21

Conger

8,637

8,248

5

Wild croaker

12,117

11,197

8

Farmed croaker

17,997

20,187

-11

Wild seabream

40,531

34,841

16

Perch fillets

29,642

36,651

-19

Saithe

9,020

9,030

-0

John dory

11,628

12,209

-5

Megrim

89,422

81,531

10

Common dab/sole

11,741

11,586

1

Flatfish

106,742

96,758

10

Wild seabass

31,561

36,639

-14

Trawl hake (+ 1kg)

224,423

176,587

27

Import longline hake (1 kg/up)

16,005

37,901

-58

National longline hake

326,770

306,706

7

Grouper/wreckfish

4,744

5,034

-6

Panga fillets

685

1,313

-48

Snapper

1,617

1,321

22

Sea trout (-500 g)

68,785

77,608

-11

Sea trout (500-1000 g)

29,723

82,714

-64

Import angler

155,200

183,978

-16

National angler

274,357

271,226

1

Skate

5,343

5,388

-1

Wild turbot

10,961

8,524

29

Assorted

12,495

11,210

11

Salted cod

12,495

11,210

11

 Source: Mercabarna

France

At French ports, in February, the most important variations in volumes were the increases in hake, sole, saithe, black seabream and whiting. The most important drops were those in John dory and haddock. The main ports were Lorient and Le Guilvinec.

Table 2: Volumes landed at French ports

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume (t) January-February

February

January

% of variation

2017

2016

% of variation

Kingclip

110

59

87

169

 

-

Cod

60

63

-5

123

 

-

Saithe

614

416

48

1,030

676

52

Black seabream

188

77

145

265

87

205

Conger

136

139

-2

275

 

-

Croaker

24

25

-4

50

 

-

Haddock

170

229

-26

400

206

94

Megrim

206

223

-8

429

215

100

Flatfish

414

213

94

627

308

103

Ling

114

67

71

181

 

-

Hake

1,286

905

42

2,192

1,211

81

John dory

40

75

-46

115

 

-

Whiting

735

630

17

1,365

921

48

Blackbellied angler

856

888

-4

1,745

 

-

Skate

277

304

-9

582

 

-

Brill

17

15

13

32

 

-

Red mullet

32

46

-30

78

 

-

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, in February, volumes of all species analysed were up on those of the previous month. Hake registered the most important volumes. The most important port were San Benedetto del Tronto with almost 27 tonnes and Civitanova Marche with 23 tonnes.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume (t) January-February

February

January

% of variation

2017

2016

% of variation

Red scorpionfish

1

0

126

1

1

-26

Conger

0

0

16

0

0

24

Flatfish

21

12

77

32

29

10

Hake

35

26

34

61

53

17

Plaice

0

0

33

1

1

-20

Blackbellied angler

21

12

77

32

29

10

  Source: ISMEA (Istituto di Servizi per il mercato agricolo e alimentare)

United Kingdom

In December 2016, the volumes landed at the UK ports, both by the national and the foreign fleets, rose by 11,000 tonnes. The most important increases were those of sole, plaice and angler.

Table 4: Volumes landed in the United Kingdom

Species

Volumes in 2016 (t)

December

November

% of variation

Cod

34,122

28,140

21

Haddock

34,023

33,298

2

Hake

14,325

12,646

13

Angler

20,319

18,171

12

Plaice

21,197

18,874

12

kingclip

2,323

2,137

9

Saithe

12,362

13,020

-5

Skate

2,814

2,786

1

Flatfish

1,992

1,968

1

Blue whiting

10,695

11,399

-6

Other demersal species

26,010

26,362

-1

 Source: Marine Management Organisation

Prices

Spain

During week 8, prices of frozen bottomfish species remained stable, compared with the previous week, according to the supplies known.

Table 5: Prices of frozen bottomfish species,
February, DDP Spain

Product

Size

Price (EUR/kg)

Hubbsi hake H&G

00 – 100/200 g

1.70

0 - 200/300 gr

1.80

1X – 300/400 gr

2.10

1 – 400/600 gr

2.30

2 – 600/900 gr

2.50

3C – 900/1,200 gr

2.70

4 – 1,200/1,500 gr

2.80

+ 2,000 gr

2.90

Capensis hake

Minced block

1.60

Hake fillet with skin

60/90 gr

3.00

90/130 gr

3.60

130/150 gr

3.80

> 200 gr

4.20

Hake fillets, skinless

60/90 gr

4.30

90/130 gr

4.40

130/150 gr

4.45

> 200 g

4.50

Fillets panga

170/220 gr

1.60

Cod fillets

500/1000 gr

3.45

Pollock fillets

 

2.20

H&G cod

100/200 g

7.35

Loins

7.60

Angler tails

150/200 gr

2.30

200/300 gr

2.60

300/500 gr

2.90

500/700 gr

3.20

> 700 gr

3.40

Source: FIS.com

On Mercabarna, in February, the most important variations in frozen bottomfish species, in absolute values, were the increases in Namibian angler and Gran Sol and cod. Regardin fresh species, the most significant variations were registered in wild seabream, snapper, grouper, wild seabass and John dory.

Table 6: Prices on the wholesale market of Spain

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

February

January

Frozen

Cod

10.66

8.34

28

Cod rolls

5.87

6.10

-4

Hake/angler cold cuts

3.60

3.60

0

Sole fillet

7.82

8.34

-6

Hake fillets

4.60

4.60

0

Flatfish

9.40

7.63

23

Whole hake n 3/4

5.78

5.96

-3

Sea trout n. 0/1/2

4.30

4.30

0

Chinese angler

2.58

2.64

-2

Namibian angler and Gran Sol

14.71

11.70

26

Hake slices

5.70

5.27

8

Kingclip slices

7.05

5.59

26

Whole kingclip

6.94

6.41

8

Fresh

Kingclip

7.55

9.03

-16

Cod fillet

6.50

6.50

0

Wild cod

5.25

5.65

-7

Wild porgy

22.53

14.87

52

Conger

3.14

4.05

-22

Wild croaker

13.42

11.77

14

Farmed croaker

6.14

6.20

-1

Wild seabream

11

11

-7

Perch fillets

7.83

8.05

-3

Saithe

3.17

3.30

-4

John dory

13.22

15.40

-14

Megrim

6.84

8.54

-20

Common dab/sole

3.76

4.42

-15

Flatfish

11

10

8

Wild seabass

15.82

13.27

19

Trawl hake (+ 1kg)

2.95

4.53

-35

Import longline hake (1 kg/up)

7.20

7.21

-0

National longline hake

4.65

6.43

-28

Grouper/wreckfish

16.88

14.10

20

Panga fillets

4

4

1

Snapper

18.35

14.23

29

Sea trout (-500 g)

4.73

4.75

-0

Sea trout (500-1000 g)

5.25

5.30

-1

Import angler

10.43

9.27

13

National angler

12.84

11.28

14

Skate

7

7

-7

Wild turbot

19.26

16.68

15

Salted

Salted cod

10.50

8.52

23

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

On French fist-sale markets, prices of most bottomfish species analysed declined. The most important drops were those in sole and black seabream. The highest rise was that in red mullet.

Table 7: Average prices at French first-sale ports,
January and February 2017, in EUR/kg

Species

February

January

% of variation

Kingclip

5.60

6.97

-20

Cod

5.38

6.69

-20

Saithe

2.04

2.64

-23

Black seabream

4.04

5.45

-26

Conger

1.69

1.73

-2

Croaker

8.06

8.48

-5

Haddock

2.45

2.79

-12

Megrim

3.57

4.45

-20

Flatfish

11.25

13.49

-17

Ling

3.15

3.91

-19

Hake

3.05

4.05

-25

John dory

11.08

10.78

3

Whiting

1.99

3.08

-35

Blackbellied angler

5.91

6.35

-7

Skate

12.58

12.33

2

Brill

10.82

11.11

-3

Red mullet

8.81

7.65

15

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, in February, prices of hake declined and those of red scorpionfish, sole, angler and plaice increased. That of conger remained steady.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian first-sale ports,
January-February 2017, in EUR/kg

Product

February

January

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Red scorpionfish

10.24

12.42

7.37

8.86

39

40

Conger

1.00

1.19

1.01

1.18

0

1

Flatfish

6.02

9.86

6.21

9.25

-3

7

Hake

4.90

8.08

5.55

8.15

-12

-1

Plaice

4.64

9.12

3.06

6.25

52

46

Blackbellied angler

6.02

9.86

6.21

9.25

-3

7

 Source: ISMEA (Istituto di Servizi per il mercato agricolo e alimentare)

United Kingdom

In December, average prices declined in the case of cod and increased in the rest of species. The highest rise was that of sole.

Table 9: Average prices at the UK,
November and December 2016, in £/t

Species

Value in 2016 (£/t)

December

November

% of variation

Cod

1,616

1,738

-7

Haddock

1,322

1,355

-2

Hake

2,369

2,341

1

Angler

2,944

2,572

14

Plaice

1,494

1,195

25

Kingclip

2,301

1,812

27

Saithe

1,046

902

16

Skate

1,370

1,290

6

Flatfish

9,107

7,681

19

Blue whiting

1,053

1,017

4

Other demersal species

2,532

2,108

20

 Source: Marine Management Organisation

Market

European Union

Table 10: Imports of frozen hakes (Merluccius spp., Urophycis spp.),
even fillets in the EU, January-November 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Namibia

57,910

47,867

3.07

3.03

Argentina

33,121

25,364

2.66

3.06

South Africa

30,919

25,648

4.08

3.95

Spain

29,366

20,375

3.58

3.31

United States

13,458

14,852

1.98

1.60

Peru

5,610

7,690

1.69

1.77

Chile

6,535

4,438

3.56

3.64

China

5,038

3,914

1.93

2.02

Falkland Islands

2,657

2,736

2.60

2.70

New Zealand

2,247

2,133

4.28

4.30

Uruguay

1,230

3,140

1.63

5.03

Senegal

1,906

1,219

1.65

2.13

Netherlands

1,640

1,226

4.13

3.60

Portugal

1,675

344

3.47

3.44

Germany

1,094

819

4.06

3.52

Norway

823

982

3.11

3.51

Mauritania

864

445

2.50

2.02

Canada

839

434

1.26

1.28

United Kingdom

870

326

6.67

6.27

Letonia

581

549

2.21

2.20

Denmark

646

218

3.40

5.57

Lithuania

429

334

2.56

2.48

Ecuador

225

439

2.51

1.71

Poland

348

214

3.54

5.67

France

226

288

5.29

3.83

Czech Republic

335

75

3.00

3.77

Belgium

193

207

4.28

6.37

Mexico

199

105

1.45

1.40

Cyprus

130

55

2.92

3.08

Italy

147

22

7.44

3.71

Croatia

92

25

3.17

2.78

Other (19)

406

131

3.18

3.73

Total

201,762

166,614

3.12

3.08

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 11: Exports of frozen hakes (Merluccius spp., Urophycis spp.),
even fillets in the EU, January-November 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Portugal

14,965

2,840

3.27

3.25

Italy

10,928

3,023

3.70

3.38

Spain

3,808

2,725

3.19

3.17

Serbia

2,629

2,922

2.76

2.14

Ukraine

3,194

948

1.13

1.85

France

1,300

518

3.85

4.86

Lithuania

1,303

390

2.42

2.07

Slovaquia

1,025

624

2.52

3.33

Greece

1,374

258

2.03

1.97

Letonia

994

452

2.08

1.99

Moldova

847

352

1.21

1.23

Algeria

940

130

1.46

2.09

Netherlands

787

187

3.53

5.01

Romania

861

94

1.81

1.77

Poland

750

196

2.98

6.02

Estonia

595

338

2.55

1.87

Bosnia-Herzegovina

307

602

2.11

2.22

Hungary

700

180

3.10

2.54

United Kingdom

568

276

3.99

3.73

Montenegro

418

380

2.24

2.83

Bulgaria

757

36

2.74

1.77

Germany

507

226

3.81

3.90

Namibia

283

322

1.24

1.00

Angola

309

287

5.04

3.86

Switzerland (1996-)

316

254

4.93

4.59

Ireland

351

218

4.04

4.42

Croatia

458

105

2.31

2.49

Macedonia

286

186

1.50

1.50

Nigeria

469

1

1.86

4.03

Jordan

267

171

1.30

1.58

China

153

173

4.18

2.60

Other (92)

2,951

2,116

4.08

4.09

Total

55,398

21,527

3.05

3.01

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

By Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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