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Pelagic

 
Report Date: Monday, July 24, 2017
 
 
 

 

This report deals with pelagic species catches for human consumption in waters of Norway and the EU. It also focuses on prices, markets, exports and imports of the species stated in the index below.

INDEX

 

1. EUROPE

1.1 Norway – Herring

1.2 European Union - Sardine, mackerel, horse mackerel, Atlantic pomfret, herring, shad, sprat and round sardinella
 

 

1. EUROPE

1.1 Norway         

Herring

Prices

The average FOB price of coastal small frozen herring (HS 03035102) exported by Norway was NOK 8.75/kg in June, up 18% on that of May and up 1% on that of June 2016. During the first six months the price averaged NOK 7.58/kg, down 17% on that of the same period during the previous year.

Graph 1: Average FOB price of frozen herring exported
by Norway, HS 03035102, 2013/2017, in NOK/kg

Source: Norwegian Statistics

Markets

In the month analysed, Norwegian exports of herring reported 686 tonnes for the HS 03035102, worth NOK 6 million FOB. This figure is down 87% in volume and 85% in value on those of the previous month and down 84% in volume and 83% in value on those of June 2016.

Graph 2: Norwegian exports of frozen herring
(HS 03035102), 2013/2017

Source: Norwegian Statistics

During the period, they totaled 52,532 tonnes worth NOK 398 million, up 11% in volume and down 7% in value on those of the same period in 2016.

The 30% of exported volumes were destined to Ukraine, i.e. 16,135 tonnes.

Graph 3: Destination of Norwegian exports of frozen herring,
HS 03035102, January-June 2017, in tonnes

 

Source: Norwegian Statistics

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1.2 European Union

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

Catch / Landed volumes

The fishery agreement between the UE and Guinea Bissau end next 23 November. This agreement currently implies an annual disbursement of EUR 9.2 million by the EU, out of which 3 million are destined to the local fishery sector to get fishery opportunities to get cephalopods, tunids, coastal pelagics, such as horse mackerel, and demersal species, such as prawn, for about 50 European vessels.

However, negotiations to renew such agreement are getting complicated because the conditions set by the government of Guinea Bissau cannot be taken on, according to sector sources.

Spain

The fishery council of the Galician government and the fleet have agreed to limit catch volumes of sardine to 50 tonnes per crew and per day, because they have exceeded the catch maximum allowance.

On Mercabarna, in June, supplies of small pelagics declined in the case of scombrus mackerel, anchovies, sardine, horse mackerel, French and Italian anchovies.

On Mercamadrid, in June, supplies of large national anchovies dropped and those of medium-sized anchovies increased. There was also an important drop in fresh scombrus mackerel and fresh medium horse mackerel. As regards increases, apart from that in anchovies, there was a rise in fresh and frozen sardines.

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

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

June

May

Frozen

European anchovy

3,941

8,121

-51

Pomfret

345

2,056

-83

Sardine

17,134

10,306

66

Fresh

Herring

5,483

3,303

66

Large national anchovy

153,941

275,608

-44

Medium-sized national anchovy

424,078

331,157

28

Portuguese anchovy

 

8,659

-

Mackerel

20,317

32,612

-38

Medium-sized mackerel

29,461

47,290

-38

Mackerel fillet

1,015

1,631

-38

Sardine fillet

20,187

18,778

8

Large horse mackerel

9,661

8,591

12

Medium-sized horse mackerel

27,349

38,008

-28

Small horse mackerel

28,996

28,436

2

Smoked pomfret

190,00

 

-

Pomfret

28,394

32,171

-12

Regular sardine

66,599

65,262

2

Small sardine

316,961

291,419

9

 Source: Mercabarna

France

At French ports, in June, volumes of anchovies, sardine and blue whiting rose. That of scombrus mackerel declined. The main ports were Saint Guenole, Boulogne/Mer and La Turballe.

Table 2: Volumes of pelagic species landed in France

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume Jan/Jun (t)

June

May

% of variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% of variation

Blue whiting

362

323

12

3,449

2,798

23

European anchovy

462

27

1644

491

520

-6

Scombrus Mackerel

339

492

-31

1,839

449

310

Sardine

1,317

770

71

2,782

2,648

5

Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, in June, volumes of small pelagic species declined in the case of anchovies and sardine. Those of scombrus mackerel and japonicus mackerel increased. The main ports were those of Goro and Viareggio, to a lesser extent.

Table 3: Volumes of pelagic species landed at Italian ports

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume Jan/Jun (t)

June

May

% of variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% of variation

European anchovy

29

80

-64

283

306

-8

Scombrus Mackerel

7

6

24

25

36

-31

Japonicus mackerel

1

1

22

2

6

-63

Shad

0

0

113

1

0

329

Sardine

70

128

-45

259

89

191

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

United Kingdom

In April, volumes of all small pelagic species analysed declined. The most important drops were those of blue whiting and horse mackerel.

Table 4: Volumes landed in the United Kingdom

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume Jan/Apr (t)

April

March

% of variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% of variation

Blue whiting

20,914

29,545

-29

50,459

38,227

32

Herring

9

395

-98

2,728

4,970

-45

Scombrus Mackerel

2

549

-

2,229

4,252

-48

Horse  mackerel

244

7,324

-97

118,124

118,061

0

Other pelagic species

0

16

-99

527

947

-44

Sardine

1

136

-99

1,612

1,219

32

 Source: Marine Management Organisation

Denmark

Volumes of small pelagic species auctions on Danish markets declined in the case of Atlantic horse mackerel and herring during June.

Table 5: Volumes landed on Danish markets

Species

Volume 2017 (kg)

June

May

% of variation

Atlantic herring

-

32

-

Atlantic horse mackerel

174

307

-43

Regular horse mackerel

4,075

4,090

-0

 Source: Fiskeauktion.dk

Prices

Spain

On Mercabarna, prices of June declined in the case of Italian anchovies due to a lower demand. Those of sardine, horse and scombrus mackerel, anchovies and French anchovies increased because of the drop in supplies.

On the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, prices of frozen small pelagic species remained stable. Regarding fresh products, the most important drops were registered in small sardine and horse mackerel, due to a rise in supplies. The most important increases were those in scombrus mackerel, due to a drop in supplies.

Table 6: Average prices of pelagic species on Mercamadrid,
May-June 2017

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

June

May

Frozen

European anchovy

3.76

3.76

0

Pomfret

3.31

3.31

0

Sardine

1.80

1.80

0

Fresh

Herring

2.10

2.10

0

Large national anchovy

5.27

4.77

10

Medium-sized national anchovy

3.06

2.63

17

Portuguese anchovy

 

5.00

-

Mackerel

3.90

3.45

13

Medium-sized mackerel

2.98

2.58

16

Mackerel fillet

5.43

5.05

7

Sardine fillet

4.75

4.75

0

Large horse mackerel

5.39

5.83

-8

Medium-sized horse mackerel

3.03

3.50

-13

Small horse mackerel

1.83

1.85

-1

Smoked pomfret

9.02

 

-

Pomfret

3.81

3.90

-2

Regular sardine

2.82

2.78

1

Small sardine

2.25

2.98

-24

 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 7: Prices of frozen products in EUR/kg exwarehouse,
March 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, prices of scombrus mackerel increased because of lower supplies. Those of sardine, blue whiting and anchovies dropped due to the rise in supplies.

Table 8: Prices of pelagic species at French first-sale markets,
May-June 2017, in EUR/kg

Species

June

May

% of variation

Blue whiting

2.84

2.97

-4

European anchovy

0.88

0.95

-7

Scombrus Mackerel

4.45

3.70

20

Sardine

1.52

1.55

-2

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during June, volumes of scombrus mackerel declined due to a rise in supplies. The price of japonicus mackerel increased due to the higher demand and so did that of sardine due to the decline in supplies.

Table 9: Average prices of pelagic species at
Italian first-sale ports, May-June 2017, in EUR/kg

Product

June

May

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Scombrus Mackerel

3.32

3.82

3.91

3.95

-15

-3

Japonicus mackerel

2.00

2.38

2.21

1.78

-10

34

Shad

0.96

1.09

1.13

-

-15

-

Sardine

0.77

1.45

0.67

1.06

15

37

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

United Kingdom

In April, volumes of all small pelagic species analysed declined.

Table 10: Average prices at the UK,
March-April 2017, in £/t

Species

April

March

% of variation

Herring

0.15

8.69

-98

Scombrus Mackerel

0.10

10.92

-99

Horse  mackerel

2.53

-

-

Other pelagic species

0.02

0.16

-89

Sardine

1.33

4.94

-73

 Source: Marine Management Organisation

Denmark

On Danish markets, the price of Atlantic horse mackerel and regular horse mackerel rose in June, due to the drop in supplies.

Table 11: Average prices on Danish markets in EUR/kg

Species

June (EUR/kg)

May (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Atlantic herring

-

0.68

-

Atlantic horse mackerel

0.58

0.57

2

Regular horse mackerel

3.29

2.05

61

 Source: Fiskeauktion.dk

Markets

European Union

Table 12: Imports of pelagic species in the EU,
January-April 2017/2016

Product

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Fresh Herring (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

55,060

34,940

2.24

2.24

Fresh anchovies (Engraulis spp.)

10,117

5,314

4.94

4.08

Fresh sardines of the species Sardina pilchardus

23,878

17,808

3.24

1.97

Fresh sardines of the genus Sardinops; sardinelas (Sardinella spp.)

961

538

2.98

2.15

Fresh Sprat (Sprattus sprattus)

35,573

34,078

2.66

1.16

Fresh Mackerel (Scomber scombrus, Scomber australasicus, Scomber japonicus)

76,305

50,001

3.02

4.12

Fresh Horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus)

14,147

7,624

3.58

1.97

Fresh Chilean Horse mackerel (Trachurus murphyi)

32

126

5.19

6.81

Other fresh horse mackerel.

2,131

1,466

4.52

3.30

Frozen Herring (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

51,897

32,712

1.11

1.81

Frozen sardines of the species Sardina pilchardus

96,583

38,757

1.33

1.48

Frozen sardines of the genus Sardinops; sardinelas (Sardinella spp.)

1,914

3,139

2.43

1.57

Frozen Sprat (Sprattus sprattus)

8,357

8,220

1.11

0.93

Frozen mackerel of Scomber scombrus and Scomber japonicus species

246,151

164,757

1.57

1.48

Frozen mackerel of the Scomber australasicus species

4,931

1,500

2.29

1.92

Frozen Horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus)

16,833

20,557

1.43

1.14

Frozen Chilean Horse mackerel (Trachurus murphyi)

216

114

1.55

6.52

Other frozen horse mackerel.

1,266

2,053

3.18

7.58

Frozen herring fillets (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

62,665

59,001

2.84

2.34

Dried Herring (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

36

 

5.34

 

Dried anchovies (Engraulis spp.)

139

 

10.07

 

Salted Herring (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

15,662

10,385

19.37

12.35

Tuna bellies in olive oil

59,429

43,650

5.91

8.72

Other canned sardine

8,326

5,827

4.78

5.26

Canned sardine and sprat

37,588

23,871

7.89

6.91

Canned fillets of mackerel of Scomber scombrus and Scomber japonicus species

5,951

3,703

4.90

5.34

Canned mackerel of Scomber australasicus species

2,344

2,781

7.16

5.89

Canned anchovies

26,797

20,039

10.45

11.99

Total

865,288

592,961

3.19

3.26

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 13: Exports of pelagic species in the EU,
January-April 2017/2016

Product

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Fresh Herring (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

77,647

75,645

4.24

3.23

Fresh anchovies (Engraulis spp.)

17,575

10,085

4.54

6.43

Fresh sardines of the species Sardina pilchardus

17,041

12,546

3.28

5.16

Fresh sardines of the genus Sardinops; sardinelas (Sardinella spp.)

1,204

902

2.96

5.07

Fresh Sprat (Sprattus sprattus)

77,213

45,001

2.72

1.64

Fresh Mackerel (Scomber scombrus, Scomber australasicus, Scomber japonicus)

156,530

121,550

2.86

3.54

Fresh Horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus)

25,785

34,221

2.37

3.40

Fresh Chilean Horse mackerel (Trachurus murphyi)

287

96

5.13

89.98

Other fresh horse mackerel.

1,176

945

3.69

4.16

Frozen Herring (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

400,480

203,110

2.02

2.10

Frozen sardines of the species Sardina pilchardus

102,822

43,590

1.75

2.90

Frozen sardines of the genus Sardinops; sardinelas (Sardinella spp.)

1,124

3,310

2.57

2.17

Frozen Sprat (Sprattus sprattus)

101,564

76,143

1.45

0.93

Frozen mackerel of Scomber scombrus and Scomber japonicus species

410,983

324,140

1.55

1.51

Frozen mackerel of the Scomber australasicus species

3,672

1,575

2.39

2.74

Frozen Horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus)

237,634

134,855

1.14

1.31

Frozen Chilean Horse mackerel (Trachurus murphyi)

5,641

18

3.42

5.99

Other frozen horse mackerel.

6,619

21,777

3.05

3.22

Frozen herring fillets (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

9,216

9,954

5.77

5.16

Dried Herring (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii)

9

 

3.76

 

Dried anchovies (Engraulis spp.)

188

 

17.03

 

Tuna bellies in olive oil

12,229

5,652

7.03

12.69

Other canned sardine

23,428

12,639

5.15

6.49

Canned sardine and sprat

30,499

26,280

6.78

12.76

Canned fillets of mackerel of Scomber scombrus and Scomber japonicus species

35,429

23,610

6.02

6.39

Canned mackerel of Scomber australasicus species

1,056

2,175

8.55

5.97

Canned anchovies

8,516

6,276

15.51

44.83

Total

1,765,567

1,196,095

2.33

2.82

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

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