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Pelagic

 
Report Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
 
 
 

 

 

This report deals with pelagic species catch volumes for human consumption in waters of the European Union. It also focuses on prices, markets, exports and imports of the species stated in the index below.

EUROPEAN UNION

Portugal

In Diário da República, from Portugar, maxium catch volumes of sardines were said to reach a total of 10,000 tonnes in Portugal and Spain; out of them, 6,800 tonnes were destined to the Portuguese fleet, made up of about 100 vessels.

Spain

Sardine (Sardina pilchardus)
Horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus)
Mackerel (Scomber scombrus)
Atlantic pomfret (Brama brama)
Herring (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

Catch / Landed volumes

The fishing campaing in Iberian waters started in March for the fleet of the Gulf of Cádiz, the Cantabric and the northwest; it will go through 30 November. The Iberean global peak of sardine will be 10,000 tonnes through 31 July and later, through November, they will check the information from the "spring scientific campaigns". The Spanish fleet registered volumes of 750 monthly tonnes, 300 tonnes for the vessels of the Gulf of Cádiz and 450 for those of the Cantabric and the northwest (Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias and the Basque Country).

As regards the Cantabric anchovy catch operations, at a meeting in Brussels held to distribute the quotas for 2017, the Ministry Council of the UE has set that the possibilities for 2017 are still there (33,000 tonnes). In the case of the anchovies of the Gulf of Cádiz, maximum catch volumes were fixed at 12,500 tonnes, likely to be revised during the year according to the stock conditions. The possibilities of fishing horse mackerel (Northwest and the Gulf of Cádiz) have also rose by 6.9%. Regarding western horse mackerel, there was a reduction of 23% whereas the first proposal started at 45%. The Fishery Ministries Council has also stated the quotas of blue whiting and scombrus mackerel, previously negotiated with third States (Norway in the case of blue whiting; Norway, Iceland and the Feroe Islands in the case of scombrus mackerel) This way, the quota of blue whiting has increased by 80% and that of scombrus mackerel by 15%.

On Mercabarna, in February, supplies of anchovies and horse mackerel declined, compared with the previous month. Those of sardine and scombrus mackerel increased.

Table 1: Incoming volumes of the main pelagic species
on Mercabarna

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

February

January

Fresh French anchovy

56,245

87,884

-36

Fresh Italian anchovy

1,549

2,294

-32

Fresh anchovy

143,212

159,655

-10

Fresh scombrus mackerel

50,888

36,050

41

Fresh horse mackerel

19,788

20,325

-3

Fresh sardine

127,313

125,070

2

 Source: Mercabarna

France

At French ports, in February, volumes of scombrus mackerel and blue whiting rose. That of sardine declined. The main ports were Boulogne/Mer, Roscoff and Port en Bessin.

Table 2: Volumes of pelagic species landed in France

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume (t) January-February

February

January

% of variation

2017

2016

% of variation

Blue whiting

735

630

17

1,365

921

48

Scombrus Mackerel

206

102

102

308

 

-

Sardine

70

78

-10

148

219

-33

Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during February, prices of anchovies dropped and those of scombrus mackerel and sardine rose. The main port was Goro.

Table 3: Volumes of pelagic species landed at Italian ports

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume (t) January-February

February

January

% of variation

2017

2016

% of variation

European anchovy

42

50

-16

91

91

-0

Scombrus Mackerel

6

3

116

8

17

-50

Sardine

9

5

89

14

13

7

 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 in the case of herring and sardine. Those of scombrus mackerel and horse mackerel declined.

Table 4: Volumes landed in the United Kingdom

Species

Volumes in 2016 (t)

Cumulative volume January/December 2016 (t)

December

November

% of variation

Blue whiting

0

0

-

38,270

Herring

2,855

1,690

69

92,231

Scombrus Mackerel

301

1,163

-74

6,434

Horse  mackerel

4,314

58,461

-93

217,333

Sardine

2,673

1,348

98

9,391

Other pelagic species

1,567

2,021

-22

5,631

 Source: Marine Management Organisation

Prices

Spain

On Mercabarna, prices of February declined in the case of anchovies due to a lower demand. Those of scombrus mackerel also dropped due to the rise in supplies. That of horse mackerel increased due to the decline in supplies. That of sardine also rose due to the higher demand.

Table 5: Average prices of pelagic species on Mercabarna,
February-January 2017

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

February

January

Fresh French anchovy

1.74

2.36

-26

Fresh Italian anchovy

3.42

3.77

-9

Fresh anchovy

3.65

3.75

-3

Fresh scombrus mackerel

3.83

4.14

-7

Fresh horse mackerel

1.79

1.78

1

Fresh sardine

3.59

3.44

4

 Source: Mercabarna

Origin prices of frozen small pelagic products remained in the case of scombrus and horse mackerel and sardine, according to the last known supplies.

Table 6: Prices of frozen products in EUR/kg exwarehouse,
February 2017

Species

Size

Lowest price

Highest price

Mackerel (Scomber scombrus)

2-4 p/kg

1.00

1.10

Horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus)

 

0.80

1.10

Sardine (Sardina pilchardus)

8-10 p/kg

1.20

1.40

Blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou)

12/14 p/kg

0.80

0.90

Source: FIS.com

France

On French first-sale markets the price of scombrus mackerel and blue whiting declined because of the rise in supplies. That of sardine also declined due to the lower demand.

Table 7: Prices of pelagic species at first sales in France,
January-February 2017, in EUR/kg

Species

February

January

% of variation

Blue whiting

1.99

3.08

-35

Scombrus Mackerel

2.44

3.02

-19

Sardine

1.11

1.27

-13

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, in February, volumes of anchovies rose due to a drop in supplies. The quotes of scombrus mackerel and sardine increased due to a higher demnand. Prices of japonicus mackerel dropped.

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

European anchovy

1.47

2.36

0.97

1.66

52

42

Scombrus Mackerel

2.85

3.78

2.24

3.03

28

25

Japonicus mackerel

0.80

1.00

2.87

2.94

-72

-66

Shad

0.41

0.41

-

-

-

-

Sardine

1.09

2.02

1.04

2.05

5

-1

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

United Kingdom

In December, average prices of herring dropped following a rise in supplies; and so did those of horse mackerel because of a lower demand. The quotes of sarine increased due to the higher demand and those of scombrus mackerel also rose due to the drop in supplies.

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

Species

Value in 2016 (£/t)

Average Value Jan/Dec 2016 (£/t)

December

November

% of variation

Blue whiting

n/a

n/a

-

226

Herring

475

589

-19

650

Scombrus Mackerel

409

398

3

424

Horse  mackerel

701

1,003

-30

866

Sardine

330

255

29

279

Other pelagic species

250

224

12

303

 Source: Marine Management Organisation

Markets

European Union

Table 10: Imports of frozen and fresh sardine (Sardina pilchardus,
Sardinops spp.)
, sardinella (Sardinella spp.) and sprat
(Sprattus sprattus)  by the European Union countries,
January-November 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Morocco

22,848

20,461

0.80

1.02

Spain

13,503

17,895

2.35

2.23

Netherlands

12,126

5,670

1.57

1.37

Italy

7,661

4,588

2.23

1.58

Germany

7,373

1,927

3.29

2.24

Croatia

5,732

1,481

1.02

1.48

Letonia

3,718

3,128

0.51

0.66

Sweden

4,528

506

0.33

1.80

Finland

2,187

2,688

0.34

0.27

Norway

541

4,137

1.92

0.72

France

3,224

1,124

1.58

1.81

United Kingdom

1,963

2,320

0.95

1.18

Portugal

2,609

562

1.99

2.10

Lithuania

1,784

967

0.48

0.39

Poland

2,008

446

0.69

0.44

Estonia

1,045

443

0.42

0.56

Ireland

527

721

0.86

0.80

Undefined territories

524

256

0.73

0.70

Tunisia

364

394

1.66

0.82

Denmark

541

24

1.63

1.84

India

56

450

1.39

1.95

Senegal

184

265

0.92

1.00

Mauritania

391

34

0.92

0.81

Kazajstan

 

215

 

0.40

Feroe Islands

170

 

0.90

 

Bulgaria

119

16

1.44

1.10

Thailand

43

57

2.69

2.84

Byelorussia

10

90

0.36

0.42

Greece

37

30

1.85

1.69

Turkey

9

58

2.30

2.07

Belgium

24

21

2.90

2.66

Other (12)

4

70

2.27

2.12

Total

95,854

71,044

1.46

1.39

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 11: Exports of frozen and fresh sardine (Sardina pilchardus,
Sardinops spp.)
, sardinella (Sardinella spp.) and sprat
(Sprattus sprattus) 
by the European Union countries,
January-November 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Denmark

53,439

19,448

0.91

1.46

Spain

16,955

6,247

1.09

1.73

Morocco

7,061

9,794

0.36

0.33

Portugal

12,874

2,393

1.99

1.50

France

9,853

2,775

1.23

1.96

Ukraine

6,139

6,138

1.54

1.99

Byelorussia

4,226

7,969

13.04

0.40

Malaysia

7,295

498

0.79

0.59

Kazajstan

4,325

2,384

0.39

0.43

Finland

5,312

353

1.76

2.04

Serbia

2,770

2,006

1.04

0.79

Mauritania

4,261

 

0.33

 

Germany

1,297

2,841

2.27

1.74

Poland

1,921

1,975

2.78

2.47

Ghana

1,197

2,555

0.64

0.54

Italy

3,431

303

2.03

2.77

Lithuania

3,313

310

2.77

0.94

Sweden

2,664

800

3.33

1.74

Brazil

3,101

119

1.46

2.18

Malta

3,093

33

1.62

0.60

Netherlands

2,116

822

1.56

1.33

Estonia

1,653

1,154

0.60

0.46

China

1,413

1,389

8.91

0.68

Letonia

1,279

1,468

1.03

0.55

South Africa

1,491

946

2.09

1.75

Benin

1,308

804

0.47

0.58

Ivory coast

407

1,660

0.58

0.45

Belgium

867

509

2.76

2.23

Romania

1,025

238

1.69

1.48

Bulgaria

873

377

1.01

1.01

Canada

687

450

2.17

3.00

Other (70)

8,446

5,525

2.19

2.30

Total

176,091

84,281

1.61

1.27

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

By Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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