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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, August 26, 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 June reported JPY 719/kg, up 1% on that of the previous month and that of June 2014. During the first six months of the year it averaged JPY 735/kg, up 3% on that of the same period last year.

Graph 1: Average price of frozen bigeye at Japan Customs,
2011/2015, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

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

Origin

USD/kg

Variation (%)

June 15

May 15

June 14

Jun/15 May/15

Jun/15 Jun/14

Korean Republic

612

793

794

-23%

-23%

China

753

703

746

+7%

+1%

Taiwan

712

718

708

-1%

+1%

Philippines

-

-

-

-

-

Indonesia

-

-

-

-

-

The Seychelles

727

723

702

+1%

+3%

Vanuatu

707

712

747

-1%

-5%

Source: Japan Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 5,348 tonnes, worth JPY 3,846 million, up 32% in volume and 34% in value on those of the previous month and they were down 11% in volume and 10% in value on those of June 2014.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bigeye tuna, 2011-2015

Source: Customs

During the first six months of the year, imports totalled 36,624 tonnes worth JPY 26,928 million, down 6% in volume and 3% in value on those of the same period last year.         

Taiwan contributed 53% (19,438 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 23% (8,498 tonnes) of imports of the period.

Graph 3: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-June 2015, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid increased in the case of frozen albacore, frozen blue shark, fresh blue shark and fresh shortfin mako, during week 33. Those of the rest of tunid and squaliform species declined. The most important drops were those in frozen shortfin mako and fresh headless albacore.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 32 and 33

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 33

Week 32

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

15,672

6,884

128

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3,918

1,721

128

Frozen

Shortfin mako

379

36,074

-99

Frozen

Swordfish

19,110

15,725

22

Frozen

Blue shark

3,000

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

6,026

10,450

-42

Fresh

Skinless bonito

14,059

24,382

-42

Fresh

Shortfin mako

14,000

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

9,960

11,800

-16

Fresh

Blue shark

1,000

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

Volumes of albacore increased by 28 tonnes at French ports during week 33. The main port was Les Sables D''olonne.

Table 3: Volumes landed on French national markets,
  weeks 32 and 33, in kg

Species

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Albacore

52,342

24,244

116

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 33, volumes of picked dogfish increased slightly and those of the rest of tunid and squaliform species declined. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 4: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 32 and 33, in kg

Species

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

503

695

-28

Bullet tuna

1.160

1.415

-18

Picked dogfish

79

73

7

Swordfish

528

732

-28

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Bangkok remained at USD 1,900/t.

Spain

In Spain prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 1700/t EXW Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 1,750/t EXW Spain.

Table 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 33, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

1.65

> 10 kg/pc

1.70

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.00

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.10

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 33, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

7.00

Simple

6.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.70

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 7: Prices of frozen swordfish in Spain, week 33, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

11.95

Skin-on and boneless

10.60

Slice

7.15/8.25

H&G

25/50 kg

6.30

50/70 kg

6.20

70/100 kg

6.10

+ 100 kg

6.00

Source: FIS.com

On Mercamadrid, the prices of fresh headless albacore increased by EUR 0.18/kg during week 33 due to the drop in supplies. No variations have been registered for the rest of tunid and squaliform species.

Table 8: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 33 and 32, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 33

Week 32

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.06

4.06

0

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0

Frozen

Blue shark

3.31

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4.50

4.50

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

8.18

8.00

2

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

   

Fresh

Swordfish

21.00

21.00

0

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

During week 33, on French first-sale markets prices of albacore increased by EUR 0.25/kg due to a higher demand.

Table 9: Average prices at French ports, weeks 33 and 32, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Albacore

2.90

2.65

9

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, prices of all species analysed declined, especially that of picked dogfish. But landed volumes were scarce. There was also an importan drop in Atlantic albacore.

Table 10: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 33 and 32, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

2.24

3.48

5.38

9.23

-58

-62

Bullet tuna

3.10

6.20

3.25

6.50

-5

-5

Picked dogfish

2.84

3.73

9.10

10.14

-69

-63

Swordfish

9.70

13.70

10.62

17.63

-9

-22

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

Markets

European Union

Table 11: Imports of canned tuna, skipjack and albacore (Sarda spp.)
by the EU, January-June 2015/2014

Country of origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Ecuador

50,123

101,673

4.00

3.66

Spain

25,741

107,245

3.92

4.79

Thailand

24,413

74,024

4.42

3.66

Mauritius

26,969

55,616

4.15

4.28

The Seychelles

22,585

45,606

4.98

5.40

Philippines

21,631

43,852

3.42

3.58

Papua New Guinea

13,512

23,308

3.82

3.79

Ghana

12,580

23,635

5.52

4.82

Indonesia

12,810

21,510

3.82

3.69

Netherlands

6,157

26,627

5.25

5.03

Ivory coast

13,124

19,494

3.57

4.98

Vietnam

10,130

15,199

3.23

2.75

China

9,960

14,188

3.30

3.12

Colombia

4,076

15,097

4.78

4.34

Italy

3,795

13,855

6.09

6.29

El Salvador

5,265

9,850

5.06

4.67

Madagascar

4,279

10,232

3.57

4.57

Germany

1,698

12,509

4.69

5.28

Salomon Islands

4,110

6,412

3.66

3.94

Kenya

2,101

5,716

4.63

3.63

Guatemala

2,905

4,526

4.53

5.16

France

1,243

6,171

6.31

6.65

United Kingdom

845

5,612

6.60

9.70

Portugal

1,223

4,770

5.02

4.38

Senegal

1,283

3,082

3.47

3.67

Peru

1,995

1,756

4.37

4.39

Maldive Islands

1,143

2,223

5.56

5.04

Belgium

640

2,701

4.37

6.20

Czech Republic

179

2,327

4.30

4.87

Taiwan

599

612

4.05

3.85

Others

1,762

5,160

6.82

5.81

Total

288,873

684,586

4.19

4.36

 Source: Eurostat

Table 12: Exports of canned tuna, skipjack and albacore (Sarda spp.)
by the EU, January-June 2015/2014

Destination country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Italy

6,380

31,614

6.02

7.58

France

4,589

30,690

4.83

6.53

Germany

1,159

23,981

9.85

7.30

Portugal

2,240

11,591

5.72

5.85

United Kingdom

2,365

6,970

6.71

6.62

Belgium

1,114

7,513

6.11

6.37

Spain

1,082

4,546

3.71

4.37

Austria

147

5,135

7.63

7.56

Algeria

1,755

3,520

3.89

4.19

Greece

113

5,049

6.18

9.36

Melilla

1,866

3,059

3.04

3.10

Ireland

1,413

3,443

5.09

6.68

Ceuta

1,521

3,196

4.02

4.21

Netherlands

201

3,240

7.83

13.38

Slovenia

167

2,957

5.25

5.24

Switzerland

1,166

1,857

9.20

12.17

Angola

743

1,950

6.63

4.89

Czech Republic

196

2,449

7.35

9.31

Saudi Arabia

764

1,857

8.70

6.55

Romania

158

2,167

4.20

4.77

Poland

308

1,959

7.95

10.09

Slovaquia

396

1,809

8.54

5.97

Libya

804

1,280

5.30

6.85

Chile

762

1,206

7.89

5.58

Mozambique

719

1,238

5.41

5.34

Finland

187

1,425

7.03

6.60

Hungary

175

1,421

6.97

5.95

Canada

514

859

7.70

6.76

United States

352

703

8.40

8.09

Croatia

77

937

4.76

5.89

Others

3,411

11,583

8.93

7.88

Total

36,843

181,203

6.14

6.95

  Source: Eurostat

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