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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
 
 
 

 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese and Spanish 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 Spain – 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 July reported JPY 702/kg, down 2% on that of the previous month and up 11% on that of July 2013. During the first seven months of the year it averaged JPY 712/kg, up 21% on that of the same period last year.

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 (%)

Jul/14

Jun/14

Jul/13

Jul/14 Jun/14

Jul/14 Jul/13

Korean Republic

818

794

759

3%

8%

China

711

746

644

-5%

10%

Taiwan

693

708

609

-2%

14%

Philippines

717

-

498

-

44%

Indonesia

-

-

620

-

-

The Seychelles

694

702

608

-1%

14%

Vanuatu

-

747

653

-

-

Source: Japan Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 4,675 tonnes, worth JPY 3,282 million, down 22% in volume and 23% in value on those of the previous month and they were down 15% in volume and 6% in value on those of July 2013.

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

Source: Customs

During the period, imports totaled 43,494 tonnes worth JPY 30,956 million, down 7% in volume and up 13% in value on those of the same period during the previous year.  

Taiwan contributed 51% (22,374 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 20% (8,741 tonnes) of imports of the period.

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

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 Spain

Landed volumes

Spain

In the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, incoming volumes of tunid and squaliform species declined by 11 tonnes. The most significant decline was registered in fresh albacore, by 27 tonnes. The most significant rise was that of fresh swordfish.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 37 and 36

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 37

Week 36

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

13,552

11,908

14

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3,388

2,977

14

Frozen

Shortfin mako

1,600

815

96

Frozen

Swordfish

49,579

42,090

18

Frozen

Blue shark

 

2,300

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5,015

11,201

-55

Fresh

Skinless bonito

12,584

33,605

-63

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

1,005

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18,745

9,686

94

Fresh

Blue shark

347

180

93

Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during week 37, volumes of albacore declined by 130 tonnes after the rise of 170 tonnes of the previous week. The main port was Les Sables D'olonne.

Table 3: Volumes landed on French national markets, 
weeks 36 and 37, in kg

Species

Week 37

Week 36

% of variation

Albacore

78,719

208,778

-62

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, volumes of Atlantic albacore increased bu 2.5 tonnes during week 37. The variations in bullet tuna and swordfish were not significant. The most important volumes were registered at the port of Cesenatico.

Table 4: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 36 and 37, in kg

Species

Week 37

Week 36

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

2,738

209

-

Bullet tuna

445

385

16

Swordfish

204

210

-3

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,600/t. Catch volumes in the Indian Ocean remained at USD 1,400/t.

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

Spain

In Spain, the prices of skipjack remained at EUR 1,450/t CFR Spain. That of yellowfin remained at EUR 2,600/t CFR Spain.

Table 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 37, 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

1.00

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.20

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.45

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 37, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.50

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 7: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 37, 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, the price of fresh albacore increased due to the drop in supplies. Those for the rest of the species remained stable.

Table 8: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 37 and 36, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 37

Week 36

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

5.90

5.00

18

Fresh

Skinless bonito

7.25

6.50

12

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

5.50

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18.50

18.50

0

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, prices of albacore rose by EUR 0.27/ kg, due to the lower supplies.

Table 9: Average prices at French ports,
weeks 37 and 36, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 37

Week 36

% of variation

Albacore

1.98

1.71

16

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets prices of Atlantic albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish declined.

Table 10: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 37 and 36, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 37

Week 36

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

5.86

8.67

6.91

9.62

-15

-10

Bullet tuna

3.75

6.75

4.25

7.25

-12

-7

Swordfish

12.46

16.46

13.28

17.32

-6

-5

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

Markets

European Union

Table 11: Imports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-June 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

226

425

7.36

8.17

Belgium

319

700

6.18

9.41

Bulgaria

 

3

 

9.08

Cyprus

7

12

4.58

10.34

Croatia

63

 

4.16

 

Denmark

118

128

4.85

6.32

Slovaquia

 

3

 

6.43

Slovenia

 

67

 

7.58

Spain

2,156

2,448

4.40

5.08

Estonia

24

17

6.04

5.79

Finland

 

4

 

9.07

France

1,939

1,953

7.13

7.03

Greece

 

6

 

11.03

Hungary

 

12

 

8.45

Ireland

1

2

4.68

3.86

Italy

321

628

5.71

7.41

Letonia

2

20

9.35

9.45

Lithuania

13

28

8.24

8.15

Luxembourg

 

1

 

67.36

Malta

0

1

7.70

6.64

Netherlands

512

514

6.65

7.94

Poland

43

86

4.14

5.84

Portugal

135

932

5.20

4.84

United Kingdom

636

643

6.55

8.08

Czech Republic

50

47

8.59

6.71

Romania

9

20

4.58

11.71

Sweden

45

109

6.44

8.43

Average Total

6,617

8,807

6.13

10.01

 Source: Eurostat

Table 12: Exports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-June 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

8

106

13.37

10.90

Belgium

1

504

7.51

8.83

Bulgaria

 

0

 

3.40

Croatia

4

 

6.48

 

Denmark

4

45

10.06

6.95

Spain

1,657

2,605

10.23

7.27

Estonia

21

0

11.28

43.35

France

97

138

10.51

6.69

Greece

 

1

 

24.78

Hungary

 

2

 

11.21

Italy

0

16

10.47

16.22

Letonia

1

5

11.85

12.01

Lithuania

1

0

9.45

9.58

Luxembourg

0

0

6.60

36.40

Netherlands

40

1,519

7.65

5.72

Poland

 

4

 

6.51

Portugal

506

588

4.08

5.36

United Kingdom

43

138

7.36

6.02

Czech Republic

4

3

15.74

12.87

Romania

0

 

6.50

 

Sweden

0

0

9.10

28.60

Average Total

2,388

5,674

9.31

13.82

  Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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