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Pelagic

 
Report Date: Monday, February 20, 2017
 
 
 

This report deals with pelagic species catches 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.

EUROPE

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

Spain

On the few days the fleet was able to work in the Gulf of Cádiz results were good, so they are expected to improve in the case of sardine and anchovy as the weather gets better.

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

On Mercamadrid, in January, supplies of all species declined, compared with December 2016. The most important declines were those in fresh French anchovy, fresh Italian anchovy and fresh sardine.

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

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

January 2017

December 2016

Frozen

European anchovy

3,282

11,931

-72

Scombrus Mackerel

180

300

-40

Pomfret

180

1,601

-89

Sardine

3,404

14,097

-76

Fresh

Herring

750

1,000

-25

Large French anchovies

9,163

102,933

-91

Medium-sized Italian anchovy

30,789

128,341

-76

Large Italian anchovy

20,523

42,355

-52

Large national anchovy

2,454

9,780

-75

Medium-sized national anchovy

141,409

68,456

107

Portuguese anchovy

67,395

 

-

Mackerel

18,978

41,647

-54

Medium-sized mackerel

27,518

60,393

-54

Mackerel fillet

951

2,084

-54

Sardine fillet

12,597

17,395

-28

Large horse mackerel

13,889

24,340

-43

Medium-sized horse mackerel

24,995

43,808

-43

Small horse mackerel

16,656

29,202

-43

Smoked pomfret

200

2,050

-90

Pomfret

18,129

21,011

-14

Regular sardine

60,058

86,965

-31

Small sardine

179,278

243,494

-26

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, in January, volumes of blue whiting increased from those of the previous month. Those of scombrus mackerel and sardine declined. The main ports were Boulogne/Mer, Roscoff, Port en Bessin, Lorient and Le Guilvinec.

Table 2: Volumes of pelagic species landed in France

Species

Volume 2016/2017 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

January

December

% of variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% of variation

Blue whiting

630,320

496,624

27

630

400

58

Scombrus Mackerel

102,193

155,749

-34

102

 

-

Sardine

77,940

141,557

-45

78

102

-23

Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, in January, volumes of japonicus mackerel increased from those of the previous month. Those of anchovies, scombrus mackerel and sardine declined. The main port was Goro.

Table 3: Volumes of pelagic species landed at Italian ports

Species

Volume 2016/2017 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

January

December

% of variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% of variation

European anchovy

49,683

56,628

-12

50

48

4

Scombrus Mackerel

2,631

7,785

-66

3

7

-62

Japonicus mackerel

208

135

54

0

0

-

Shad

0

17

-

0

0

-

Sardine

4,768

8,052

-41

5

5

-5

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

Portugal

At Portuguese ports, in the last week of January, volumes of sardine were few. Regarding scombrus mackerel, Portimao and Sesimbra were the main ports with 7 and 2.4 tonnes respectively. The main ports were Aveiro with 64 tonnes, Peniche with 29 tonnes and Matosinhos with 22  tonnes.

Prices

Spain

On Mercabarna, prices of January declined in the case of French and Italian anchovies due to a lower demand. Also those of anchovies and horse mackerel declined due to the rise in supplies. The quotes of sardine and scombrus mackerel increased due to a higher demand.

On the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, prices of frozen small pelagic species remained stable. Among fresh products, there was a rise in French anchovies, Italian anchovies, scombrus mackerel fillets, small horse mackerel, pomfret and regular sardine, due to lower supplies. Those of national anchovies, scombrus mackerel, large and medium horse mackerel dropped due to a lower demand.

Table 4: Average prices of pelagic species on Mercamadrid,
December 2016-January 2017

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

January 2017

December 2016

Frozen

European anchovy

3.76

3.76

0

Scombrus Mackerel

1.65

1.65

0

Pomfret

3.31

3.31

0

Sardine

1.80

1.80

0

Fresh

Herring

2.10

2.10

0

Large French anchovies

4.14

4.00

3

Medium-sized Italian anchovy

3.10

2.94

5

Large Italian anchovy

5.45

4.00

36

Large national anchovy

6.00

7.00

-14

Medium-sized national anchovy

3.51

4.00

-12

Portuguese anchovy

6.02

 

-

Mackerel

3.27

3.30

-1

Medium-sized mackerel

2.39

2.50

-5

Mackerel fillet

4.64

4.50

3

Sardine fillet

5.25

5.25

0

Large horse mackerel

7.24

7.50

-3

Medium-sized horse mackerel

4.40

4.48

-2

Small horse mackerel

1.84

1.79

3

Smoked pomfret

9.02

9.02

0

Pomfret

4.59

4.50

2

Regular sardine

2

2

0

Small sardine

2.74

2.36

16

 Source: Mercamadrid

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 5: Prices of frozen products in EUR/kg exwarehouse,
January 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 blue whiting increased because of a higher demand. Those of sardine and scombrus mackerel dropped due to the rise in supplies.

Table 6: Prices of pelagic species at first sales in France,
December 2016-January 2017, in EUR/kg

Species

January

December

% of variation

Blue whiting

3.08

2.62

18

Scombrus Mackerel

3.02

3.11

-3

Sardine

1.27

1.29

-2

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, in January, volumes of japonicus mackerel and sardine rose. Those of anchovies and scombrus mackerel declined.

Table 7: Average prices at Italian ports,
December 2016 -  January 2017, in EUR/kg

Product

January

December

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

European anchovy

0.97

1.66

1.29

1.92

-25

-14

Scombrus Mackerel

2.24

3.03

3.12

4.34

-28

-30

Japonicus mackerel

2.87

2.94

1.45

1.75

98

68

Shad

   

0.95

0.95

-

-

Sardine

1.04

2.05

0.78

1.56

33

31

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

Portugal

On Portuguese markets. through 30 January the average price of sardine was EUR 0.80/kg at the port of Aveiro. That of scombrus mackerel was EUR 1.10/kg at Portimâo. The price of horse mackerel averaged EUR 1.49/kg at Aveiro.

Markets

European Union

Table 8: Imports of frozen horse mackerel (Trachurus spp.) by the EU,
January-November 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Germany

9,416

554

6.09

0.65

Spain

1,915

921

0.85

0.71

Portugal

1,555

379

2.71

1.28

Netherlands

1,285

585

2.02

2.88

Norway

1,018

828

1.64

1.37

United Kingdom

57

729

2.57

1.86

New Zealand

331

160

1.35

1.51

Chile

111

305

1.11

1.18

France

269

0

0.73

2.50

Senegal

126

34

1.42

1.49

Ireland

69

67

1.36

1.43

Peru

59

75

1.51

1.73

Lithuania

127

 

0.58

 

Morocco

65

25

1.20

0.73

Vietnam

6

83

2.33

1.92

Croatia

29

56

1.07

0.90

Turkey

28

20

3.16

2.49

Tunisia

 

33

 

0.47

Egypt

 

25

 

0.62

United States

 

24

 

1.23

Belgium

16

6

1.84

1.77

Estonia

22

 

0.97

 

Denmark

4

7

2.52

5.51

Other (6)

8

1

2.50

2.33

Total

16,514

4,918

4.18

1.41

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 9: Exports of frozen horse mackerel (Trachurus spp.) by the EU,
January-November 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Egypt

58,712

53,672

0.79

0.87

Nigeria

13,681

20,617

1.08

1.05

Netherlands

18,514

3,906

0.49

0.51

Cameroon

7,146

13,695

0.81

1.17

Japan

10,794

6,900

1.40

5.48

Ghana

7,530

9,161

1.05

1.06

Chile

8,447

 

0.45

 

Benin

2,772

5,170

0.89

0.81

Mozambique

3,747

4,024

0.60

0.59

China

4,494

2,883

1.12

1.73

Haiti

3,357

3,378

0.87

1.13

Togo

1,797

3,634

0.80

0.93

Ivory coast

2,744

1,954

0.66

0.89

Gabon

1,442

2,500

1.53

1.46

Vietnam

2,185

888

1.26

1.19

Undefined territories

2,620

 

1.05

 

Senegal

1,878

422

1.12

0.90

Angola

769

1,436

1.40

1.35

Congo

1,142

1,044

0.78

0.96

United Kingdom

945

1,188

13.36

1.71

Spain

993

522

1.58

1.67

Canada

622

614

1.48

1.87

France

1,006

219

1.97

2.47

Congo (Democratic Republic)

1,156

68

0.78

1.87

Cuba

1,134

 

1.34

 

Niger

 

915

 

1.51

South Korea

668

228

0.33

0.33

United Arab Emirates

35

834

1.30

1.16

Portugal

709

152

2.72

2.45

Mauritania

857

 

0.35

 

Philippines

508

321

1.28

1.23

Other (65)

5,701

2,852

2.44

3.31

Total

168,103

143,195

0.99

1.26

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

By Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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