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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
 
 
 

 

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 - Bigeye
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)

Prices

The average price of Japanese frozen bigeye imports in November reported JPY 782/kg, up 2% on that of the previous month and down 1% on that of November 2013. During the eleven months of the year it averaged JPY 724/kg, up 15% on that of the same period in 2013.

Graph 1: Average price of frozen bigeye at Japan Customs,
2010/2014, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Table 1: Average FOB price for frozen bigeye at Japan Customs, in JPY/kg

Origin

USD/kg

Variation (%)

Nov 14

Oct 14

Nov 13

Nov/14 Oct/14

Nov/14 Nov/13

Korean Republic

789

778

895

+1%

-12%

China

812

728

778

+12%

+4%

Taiwan

789

717

763

+10%

+3%

Philippines

881

-

-

-

-

Indonesia

831

738

449

+13%

+85%

The Seychelles

807

737

759

+9%

+6%

Vanuatu

604

662

798

-9%

-24%

Source: Japan Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 4,427 tonnes, worth JPY 3,461 million, down 46% in volume and 44% in value on those of the previous month and they were down 17% in volume and value on those of November 2013.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bigeye tuna, 2010-2014

Source: Customs

During the period, imports totaled 66,358 tonnes worth JPY 48,051 million, down 1% in volume and up 14% in value on those of the same period during the previous year.  

Taiwan contributed 51% (33,661 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 18% (12,144 tonnes) of imports of the period.

Graph 3: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-November 2014, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

Incoming volumes declined in the case of frozen shortfin mako, frozen albacore and fresh blue shark on Mercamadrid during week 3. Those of frozen swordfis, fresh albacore, fresh swordfish and fresh blue shark increased. The most important variation was the drop reported by frozen shortfin mako.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 2 and 2 of 2015

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 3

Week 2

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

13,176

13,280

-1

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3,294

3,320

-1

Frozen

Shortfin mako

 

16,000

-

Frozen

Swordfish

37,600

29,790

26

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4,320

60

-

Fresh

Skinless bonito

10,080

140

-

Fresh

Shortfin mako

75

210

-64

Fresh

Swordfish

30,433

27,960

9

Fresh

Blue shark

200

50

300

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, volumes of picked dogfish increased and those of albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish declined. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 2 and 2 of 2015, in kg

Species

Week 3

Week 2

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

100

190

-47

Bullet tuna

200

420

-52

Picked dogfish

303

201

50

Swordfish

162

190

-15

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,510/t.

Prices of yellowfin remained stable in all markets. On Manta it was at EUR 1,700/t. Catch volumes of the Indian ocean were at USD 2,000/t and on Abidjan they stayed at EUR 2,030/t.

Offers of double cleansing precooked yellowfin loins from China were at between USD 5,000/t and USD 6,000/t.

Spain

In Spain prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 1,450/t CFR Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 2,600/t CFR Spain.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 3, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.60

> 10 kg/pc

2.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.35

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.45

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.50

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 3, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

4.50

Simple

4.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 3, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

7.50

Skin-on and boneless

6.50

Slice

5.50

H&G

25/50 kg

5.00

50/70 kg

5.10

70/100 kg

5.20

+ 100 kg

5.30

Source: FIS.com

On Mercamadrid, during week 3, prices remained stable in all presentations of tunid and squaliform species.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 3 and 2 of 2015, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 3

Week 2

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Frozen

Shortfin mako

 

4.06

-

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

6.80

6.80

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

7.00

7.00

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

5.50

0

Fresh

Swordfish

17.47

17.40

0

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

First-sale prices declined in the case of Atlantic albacore, picked dogfish and swordfish on Italian markets. That of bullet tuna has increased.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 3 and 2 of 2015, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 3

Week 2

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

9.00

18.00

9.25

19.25

-3

-6

Bullet tuna

4.00

8.00

3.25

6.25

23

28

Picked dogfish

5.76

7.29

6.65

8.71

-13

-16

Swordfish

11.59

15.51

11.75

18.75

-1

-17

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

Markets

European Union

Through October 2014 imports and exports of skipjack increased from those of the same period in 2013. However, the average price declined in imports (EUR 1.21/kg) and exports (EUR 1.00/kg) during the period.

Table 9: Imports of frozen whole and H&G skipjack by the EU,
January-October 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

3

9

2.79

2.25

Austria

 

2

 

1.94

Belgium

 

27

 

2.70

Bulgaria

24

100

1.16

1.89

Denmark

4

 

2.48

 

Slovenia

 

0

 

3.50

Spain

35,774

29,696

1.19

1.63

Finland

 

0

 

1.70

France

29

9

3.97

3.08

Greece

 

10

 

2.36

Italy

50

3

1.36

3.54

Netherlands

4

0

1.60

10.10

Portugal

3,229

5,591

1.33

1.88

United Kingdom

33

 

1.93

 

Czech Republic

0

 

10.35

 

Romania

 

6

 

6.35

Sweden

 

2

 

7.85

Average Total

39,149

35,457

1.21

1.67

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen whole and H&G skipjack by the EU,
January-October 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

5

4

2.87

2.29

Belgium

 

24

 

1.44

Spain

89,542

92,746

0.99

1.57

France

16,337

10,785

1.05

1.61

Italy

 

50

 

1.98

Netherlands

 

6

 

2.47

Portugal

41

335

1.65

1.44

Sweden

 

0

 

7.60

Average Total

105,925

103,949

1.00

1.57

  Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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