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Sea Bass/Sea Bream/Sole/Turbot

 
Report Date: Monday, December 18, 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

In November, on the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, incoming volumes of aquaculture species increased mainly in turbot and, slightly, in small seabass. Those of the rest of species and aquaculture sizes declined, the main ones registered in medium and large seabream.

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

Item

Volume (kg)

% variation

November

October

Croaker

7,200

11,052

-35

Aquaculture seabream 300-400 g

186,968

226,893

-18

Aquaculture seabream 400-400 g

112,181

144,780

-23

Aquaculture seabream over 600 g

56,087

68,068

-18

Small seabass

193,920

192,053

1

Medium-sized seabass

148,073

149,380

-1

Large seabass

64,640

64,936

-0

Turbot

72,041

47,012

53

Source: Mercamadrid

During November, incoming volumes on Mercabarna declined in all aquaculture species. The most important drops were those in seabass and seabream.

Prices

Spain

On Mercamadrid, in November, average prices declined in the case of croaker, medium and large seabream, medium and large seabass, due to a lower demand. That of small seabream rose because of lower supplies and so did that of small seabass due to a rise in supplies.

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

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

% variation

November

October

Croaker

9.20

10.50

-12

Aquaculture seabream 300-400 g

4.50

4.23

6

Aquaculture seabream 400-400 g

4.76

5.70

-16

Aquaculture seabream over 600 g

8.98

9.13

-2

Small seabass

4.62

4.50

3

Medium-sized seabass

5.67

5.79

-2

Large seabass

9.00

9.12

-1

Turbot

10.19

9.75

4

Source: FIS.com

On Mercabarna, average prices increased in the case of turbot in November, compared with the previous month, due to a drop in supplies. Those of croaker, seabass and seabream declined due to the lower demand.

Markets

European Union

Table 3: Imports of the EU, communitarian and extra-communitarian,
of turbot, seabass and seabream, fresh, January-October 2017/2016

Product

Origin

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Turbot

Extra EU

376

236

10.08

9,57

EU

7,034

5.933

7.87

7,96

Total turbot

7.410

6,168

8,97

8.77

European seabass

Extra EU

33,634

16.864

4.96

5,28

EU

37,247

29.921

5.59

5,68

Total seabass

70.881

46,784

5,28

5.48

Gilthead seabream

Extra EU

49,390

26.502

4.34

4,45

EU

41,583

30.367

4.87

5,20

Total seabream

90.973

56,869

4,61

4.82

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 4: Exports of the EU, communitarian and extra-communitarian,
of turbot, seabass and seabream, fresh, January-October 2017/2016

Product

Origin

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Turbot

Extra EU

623

331

12.17

13,16

EU

8,617

6.077

7.94

9,00

Total turbot

9.239

6,408

10,06

11.08

European seabass

Extra EU

6,846

3.170

7.04

6,85

EU

62,413

41.875

5.73

5,94

Total seabass

69.259

45,044

6,38

6.40

Gilthead seabream

Extra EU

8,067

5.149

5.66

5,76

EU

78,333

46.811

4.86

5,21

Total dorada

86.400

51,960

5,26

5.48

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 5: Imports of fresh turbot in the EU,
January-October 2017/2016

Origin

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Spain

2,781

1,974

7.15

7.64

Portugal

1,668

1,443

6.73

6.36

Netherlands

1,136

995

10.32

9.83

UK

912

612

7.58

8.23

France

318

309

9.29

9.91

Denmark

322

212

9.62

9.11

Norway

240

162

8.46

8.31

Belgium

104

132

8.80

8.64

Morocco

136

73

12.92

12.37

Other 19

314

255

232.98

127.15

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 6: Imports of fresh seabass in the EU,
January-October 2017/2016

Origin

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Turkey

33,540

16,726

4.95

5.25

Greece

18,905

14,409

5.20

5.30

Netherlands

8,914

4,109

5.03

6.54

Spain

5,707

5,290

7.19

6.44

Italy

2,521

1,844

2.79

2.32

Croatia

926

1,442

6.34

6.33

Germany

894

1,310

5.12

5.20

France

513

913

14.04

7.78

UK

426

345

9.17

9.09

Other 43

1,014

396

282.65

179.20

Total

73,360

46,784

9.07

6.98

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 7: Imports of fresh seabream in the EU,
January-October 2017/2016

Origin

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Turkey

48,427

26,318

4.31

4.39

Greece

25,862

17,043

4.73

4.96

Spain

8,449

6,329

5.72

5.90

Netherlands

4,177

2,300

4.29

4.59

Italy

2,123

1,258

4.45

5.12

Germany

989

1,160

4.31

4.52

Croatia

503

1,001

6.58

6.16

Malta

329

556

4.35

4.58

Albany

721

 

3.98

 

Other (32)

1,436

905

201.87

172.90

Total

93,015

56,868

7.61

7.47

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 8: Exports of fresh turbot in the EU,
January-October 2017/2016

Origin

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Spain

3,994

2,012

7.23

8.33

Italy

2,574

1,803

8.07

8.77

France

1,393

814

6.97

9.48

Germany

471

405

12.41

12.01

Netherlands

195

361

9.31

7.99

Portugal

244

161

9.49

9.50

UK

116

168

8.81

8.80

USA

166

95

10.45

9.87

Turkey

155

77

3.51

3.57

Other (65)

602

511

14.10

13.37

Total

9,911

6,406

8.19

9.22

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 9: Exports of fresh seabass in the EU,
January-October 2017/2016

Origin

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Italy

30,394

18,945

5.62

5.82

Portugal

8,339

6,163

6.04

5.65

Spain

9,436

2,994

5.18

5.49

France

7,459

4,576

5.89

6.13

UK

3,364

3,490

5.67

5.89

Netherlands

2,270

2,043

6.26

6.36

USA

1,944

895

7.85

7.78

Germany

1,622

1,113

7.33

7.70

Israel

1,928

784

6.01

5.84

Other (62)

6,198

4,040

8.59

8.92

Total

72,953

45,043

6.02

6.20

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 10: Exports of fresh seabream in the EU,
January-October  2017/2016

Origin

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Italy

32,826

19,339

4.73

5.14

Portugal

11,636

7,337

5.34

5.40

Spain

13,747

5,127

4.75

4.87

France

11,833

6,424

4.88

5.20

Israel

4,441

3,068

5.10

5.18

Germany

4,135

2,438

4.92

5.59

Netherlands

2,710

2,177

5.11

5.20

UK

1,576

1,267

4.85

5.02

Switzerland

1,582

864

8.15

8.41

Other (56)

6,524

3,917

6.61

6.03

Total

91,011

51,958

5.07

5.30

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

By Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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