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Sea Bass/Sea Bream/Sole/Turbot

 
Report Date: Monday, June 19, 2017
 
 
 

This market reports focuses on harvests of seabream, seabass and turbot in the EU, especially in Spain. We also highlight harvests, prices, markets, imports and exports.

European Union

Turbot (Psetta maxima), European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata)

Production

Spain

On Mercamadrid, supplies of all these aquaculture species increased, in all species and sizes, in May. The most significant rise was that in seabass.

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

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

May

April

Croaker

24,328

23,705

3

Aquaculture seabream 300-400 g

240,035

194,688

23

Aquaculture seabream 400-400 g

186,691

151,428

23

Aquaculture seabream over 600 g

80,007

64,899

23

Small seabass

158,368

105,334

50

Medium-sized seabass

138,569

92,164

50

Large seabass

79,181

52,663

50

Turbot

106,659

73,935

44

Source: Mercamadrid

On Mercabarna, supplies have increased in the case of croaker, seabream, seabass and turbot. However, on this market, the rise in seabream was more important than that in seabass.

Prices

Spain

On Mercabarna, prices of May increased in all species, except for that of turbot that registered a drop. These increases were a consequence of the higher demand. The drop in turbot was a consequence of a rise in supplies.

On Mercamadrid, average prices increased in all species and products in May, except for that of large seabream that dropped by EUR 0.49/kg. These increases were due to a higher demand.

Table 2: Average wholesale prices of aquaculture species,
in EUR/kg ExWarehouse Spain

Product

Average price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

May

April

Croaker

10.50

10.32

2

Aquaculture seabream 300-400 g

4.77

4.55

5

Aquaculture seabream 400-400 g

5.20

5.10

2

Aquaculture seabream over 600 g

7.10

7.59

-6

Small seabass

4.84

4.73

2

Medium-sized seabass

6.09

5.97

2

Large seabass

9.20

9.07

1

Turbot

8.50

8.20

4

Source: FIS.com

Markets

European Union

In all the EU, in January and February, there were drop in imports of turbot and seabass. Those of seabream increased.

As regards exports, during the same period, there was a drop in turbot and a rise in seabass and seabream.

Table 3: Imports of fresh turbot, seabass and seabream
in the EU, January-February 2017/2016

Product

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Fresh turbot (Psetta maxima)

2,851

3,796

9.42

8.68

Fresh seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax)

24,051

25,166

7.75

8.61

Fresh seabream (Sparus aurata)

33,257

28,676

6.26

7.87

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 4: Exports of fresh turbot, seabass and seabream in the EU,
January-February 2017/2016

Product

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Fresh turbot (Psetta maxima)

3,821

3,926

32.88

21.25

Fresh seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax)

27,470

21,127

8.34

8.73

Fresh seabream (Sparus aurata)

33,098

23,550

5.68

6.48

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

By Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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