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Sea Bass/Sea Bream/Sole/Turbot

 
Report Date: Monday, February 13, 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

According to the FAO, the rise in seabream and seabass production in 2017 will take its toll on prices if no new markets are sought. However, the lower demand in the UK as a consequence of the fall in the pound and the restrictions on Russian imports will not help absorb this rise in supplies.

Spain

On Mercamadrid, in January, supplies of aquaculture species rose in the case of seabass and declined in seabream, croaker and turbot.

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

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

January 2017

December 2016

Aquaculture croaker

13,048

24,792

-47

Aquaculture seabream 300-400 g

217,276

280,496

-23

Aquaculture seabream 400-600 g

172,179

235,120

-27

Aquaculture seabream over 600 g

73,793

118,439

-38

Small aquaculture seabass

112,583

97,560

15

Medium-sized aquaculture seabass

98,510

85,362

15

Large aquaculture seabass

56,287

48,774

15

Aquac. turbot

88,566

114,101

-22

Source: Mercamadrid

On Mercabarna, supplies of aquaculture species declined in January, compared with the previous month. The most important drops were those in turbot and croaker. The bulkiest supplies were those of seabream.

In January, the main suppliers of seabream were Turkey and Greece, followed by the national ones in the provinces of Guipúzcoa, Pontevedra and Murcia.

Regarding seabass, the main origins were imports coming from Greece and Turkey. They were followed by suppliers of the provinces of Murcia and Guipúzcoa.

The main origins of turbot were the producers of the provinces of La Coruña and Pontevedra. As regards imports, the main origins were Holland and France.

The main suppliers of trout were from the provinces of Guadalajara and Pontevedra.

Prices

Spain

On Mercabarna, prices of January declined in the case of 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 demnand.

Average prices of January increased in the case of small seabream, following a drop in supplies. That of small seabass also rose due to the higher demand. Prices of medium and large seabream and turbot dropped because of a lower demand. Those of medium and large seabass also declined due to a rise in supplies.

During the first week of February prices of seabream, seabass and turbot increased.

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

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

January 2017

December 2016

Aquaculture croaker

10.30

10.30

0

Aquaculture seabream 300-400 g

4.77

4.68

2

Aquaculture seabream 400-600 g

4.76

5.23

-9

Aquaculture seabream over 600 g

8.08

9.08

-11

Small aquaculture seabass

4.71

4.65

1

Medium-sized aquaculture seabass

5.77

5.86

-2

Large aquaculture seabass

9.20

9.40

-2

Aquac. turbot

10.05

10.50

-4

Source: FIS.com

Markets

European Union

Table 3: Imports of fresh turbot (Psetta maxima) in the EU,
January-November 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Spain

2,062

1,236

7.74

7.54

Portugal

1,443

520

6.36

5.20

Netherlands

1,031

293

9.83

11.01

United Kingdom

649

444

8.26

6.36

France

309

48

9.92

11.23

Denmark

220

87

9.08

8.75

Norway

172

130

8.36

8.35

Belgium

140

56

8.52

8.27

Morocco

77

58

12.33

11.02

Germany

78

36

7.77

7.57

Sweden

52

29

7.77

8.41

Italy

53

21

9.31

11.09

Greece

35

10

3.91

3.71

Ireland

26

11

10.24

10.08

Other (10)

21

4

7.82

6.53

Total

6,368

2,981

8.06

7.54

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 4: Exports of fresh turbot (Psetta maxima) in the EU,
January-November 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Spain

2,219

2,934

8.32

5.45

Italy

1,805

410

8.77

7.52

France

829

215

9.46

7.59

Netherlands

363

219

8.04

7.27

Germany

415

163

12.13

11.56

United Kingdom

168

49

8.83

7.78

United States

103

97

9.98

9.43

Portugal

161

28

9.50

8.49

Switzerland

75

65

16.05

17.14

Turkey

77

48

3.57

4.66

Belgium

69

32

11.42

12.87

Sweden

68

27

10.46

10.55

Luxembourg

46

24

11.81

11.88

Austria

46

9

12.87

18.83

Poland

29

22

6.28

4.68

Canada

32

19

25.59

25.76

Montenegro

17

14

11.04

8.00

Denmark

21

6

7.41

5.71

Estonia

17

1

1.68

5.43

Ireland

6

8

10.99

10.54

Czech Republic

11

3

12.61

11.04

Andorra

8

6

13.78

14.26

United Arab Emirates

7

5

12.57

13.93

Croatia

10

1

10.12

8.69

Slovenia

10

0

10.87

21.60

Colombia

5

4

10.20

8.39

Romania

8

 

11.48

 

Serbia

5

4

10.61

8.04

China

 

7

 

5.65

Singapore

4

3

17.64

25.38

Other (34)

39

24

11.87

11.20

Total

6,670

4,444

9.13

6.67

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

By Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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