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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
 
 
 

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.

ASIA

Japan

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)
Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
Bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus)
Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)

Markets

Total imports of tuna in June, fresh and frozen, reached about 12,391 tonnes with a value at Japanese Customs of JPY 7,622 million. These figures are down 1% in volume and 7% in value on those of May; compared with those of June 2017, they are down 29% in volume and 34% in value.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 1,004 tonnes, with a value of JPY 1,431 million at Japanese Customs, down 14% in volume and 18% in value on those of the previous month and down 7% in volume and up 3% in value on those of June 2017.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna,
 2018/2017

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Millions of JPY

Var. %

Jan -Jun 2018

Jan - Jun 2017

Jan - Jun 2018

Jan - Jun 2017

White tuna

9

32

-72%

6

26

-77%

Yellowfin

1,865

2,325

-20%

1,986

2,386

-17%

Skipjack

0

0

-

0

0

-

Bigeye

1,651

2,286

-28%

1,948

2,696

-28%

Bluefin

2,323

1,770

+31%

4,267

3,011

+42%

Southern Bluefin

643

913

-30%

928

1,328

-30%

Total

6,491

7,326

-11%

9,135

9,447

-3%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna,
 2014/2018

Source: Japanese Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 11,387 tonnes, worth JPY 6,191 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are up 1% in volume and down 4% in value on those of the previous month; compared with June 2017, they are down 31% in volume and 39% in value.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna,
2018/2017

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Millions of JPY

Var. %

Jan -Jun 2018

Jan - Jun 2017

Jan - Jun 2018

Jan - Jun 2017

White tuna

3,400

7,205

-53%

1,181

2,423

-51%

Yellowfin

25,775

24,087

+7%

13,052

11,237

+16%

Skipjack

15,464

21,891

-29%

2,475

4,024

-38%

Bigeye

29,128

33,300

-13%

24,215

27,983

-13%

Bluefin

424

329

+29%

795

328

+142%

Southern Bluefin

101

295

-66%

150

311

-52%

Total

74,292

87,107

-15%

41,868

46,306

-10%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna,
2014/2018

Source: Japanese Customs

By DGA

www.fis.com


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