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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
 
 
 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese and European Union waters. It also highlights prices, inventories, markets, imports and exports of species detailed in the following index.

 

INDEX

 
1. ASIA
1.1 Japan - Northern bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Prices

The average price at Japan Customs of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000) was JPY 1,806/kg in February, up 18% on that of November and down 9% on that of February 2015. In the two months, the average was USD 1,684/kg, down 8% on that of the same period in 2015.

Table 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000)
  at Japan Customs, years 2016-2015, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR Feb/16 Jan/16

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR Feb/16 Feb/15

Feb 16

Jan 16

Feb 15

Spain

2,666

2,660

0%

3,087

-14%

Italy

-

-

-

2,887

-

Malta

2,575

1,454

+77%

3,165

-19%

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

-

-

-

-

-

Mexico

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin imports (HS 030345000 and 030346000)
at Japan Customs, years 2012—2016, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports reached 165 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 298 million at Japanese Customs, up 25% in volume and 48% in value on those of the previous month and down 82% and 84% respectively on those of February 2015.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2012/2016

Source: Customs

During the period, imports reached 297 tonnes, worth JPY 500 million, down 87% in volume and 88% in value on those of the previous year.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), in tonnes, 2012-2016

Source: Japan Customs

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin to Japan,
January-February 2016, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercamadrid, during week 16, supplies of blue shark increased. Those of albacore, shortfin mako and swordfish, both fresh and frozen, declined. The most significant drop was that in fresh and frozen swordfish.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 16

Week 15

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

10,846

17,859

-39

214

250

-14

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3,524

12,621

-72

125

102

23

Frozen

Shortfin mako

 

4,700

-

26

42

-37

Frozen

Swordfish

51,792

68,878

-25

771

940

-18

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

10,846

17,859

-39

214

250

-14

Fresh

Skinless bonito

3,524

12,621

-72

125

102

23

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

4,700

-

26

42

-37

Fresh

Swordfish

51,792

68,878

-25

771

940

-18

Fresh

Blue shark

1,500

400

275

2

13

-84

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 16, volumes of Atlantic albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish dropped. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 3: Volumes traded at Italian ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 16

Week 15

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

115

540

-79

8

6

23

Bullet tuna

200

785

-75

16

12

30

Picked dogfish

5

2

126

0

1

-92

Swordfish

120

640

-81

8

6

42

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok and Ecuador remained at USD 1,600/kg.

Spain

In Spain, the price of yellowfin stayed at EUR 1,710/t EXW Spain. The price of skipjack stayed at EUR 1,400/t EXW Spain. Prices of swordfish declined from those of the previous week.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain, week 16, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

1.65

> 10 kg/pc

1.71

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.20

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.35

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.41

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins,
in Spain, week 16, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.40

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.60

Simple

4.10

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 16, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

12.50

Skin-on and boneless

11.10

Slice

7.00

H&G

25/50 kg

5.80

50/70 kg

5.70

70/100 kg

5.60

+ 100 kg

5.40

Source: FIS.com

Prices on Mercamadrid increased in the case of fresh and frozen swordfish, due to a drop in supplies, during week 16. Those of albacore and shortfin mako dropped due to the lower demand.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 16 and 15 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 16

Week 15

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

4.24

5.15

-18

Frozen

Skinless bonito

5.11

6.12

-17

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.06

4.78

-15

Frozen

Swordfish

17.10

16.97

1

Frozen

Blue shark

3.31

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4.24

5.15

-18

Fresh

Skinless bonito

5.11

6.12

-17

Fresh

Shortfin mako

4.06

4.78

-15

Fresh

Swordfish

17.10

16.97

1

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

Prices on Italian first-sale markets declined in the case of bullet tuna, due to a lower demand. That of swordfish and albacore increased due to the decline in supplies.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports, weeks 16 and 15 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 16

Week 15

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

4.28

6.28

3.21

6.00

33

5

Bullet tuna

3.00

6.00

3.92

7.83

-23

-23

Picked dogfish

2.80

2.94

2.94

2.94

-5

0

Swordfish

3.67

6.33

3.53

6.19

4

2

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

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) –whole, H&G and fillets-
by the European Union countries, January 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Portugal

501

360

5.24

4.07

Ecuador

367

208

5.19

5.13

Spain

291

242

7.52

6.84

Indonesia

132

273

5.03

4.55

China

193

179

5.20

4.11

Panama

160

154

5.03

5.47

Vietnam

166

49

4.79

4.50

Senegal

 

193

 

4.47

India

108

72

7.68

7.98

South Korea

97

48

5.58

5.26

Taiwan

86

44

4.78

4.47

United Kingdom

80

0

8.28

9.80

Sri Lanka

0

43

12.71

7.65

Belice

42

 

5.00

 

France

9

22

7.98

7.79

Netherlands

 

21

 

7.87

Morocco

16

 

4.80

 

Namibia

13

 

5.35

 

Greece

 

12

 

8.10

Italy

0

11

10.45

8.84

Others

5

21

9.67

6.70

Total

2,268

1,952

5.70

5.18

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 10: Exports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) –whole, H&G and fillets-
by the European Union countries, January 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Spain

805

965

6.59

6.92

Italy

606

621

7.74

6.68

Portugal

381

91

4.17

8.04

France

51

75

7.24

6.33

Greece

27

1

2.08

4.98

Germany

4

23

9.59

7.63

Sweden

 

20

 

6.93

Netherlands

2

6

11.28

6.31

Finland

 

8

 

5.78

United States

6

 

11.24

 

United Kingdom

2

3

10.62

7.82

Belgium

2

2

9.84

7.81

Others

7

11

9.19

7.97

Total

1,896

1,825

6.47

6.88

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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