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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
 
 
 

 

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

INDEX

 
1. EUROPE
1.1 European Union - Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 
2. LATIN AMERICA
2.1 Argentina – Patagonian smooth-hound, tope shark and spiny dogfish
 
3. NORTH AMERICA
3.1 USA – swordfish
 

 

1. EUROPE

1.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercabarna, during week 29, supplies of fresh and frozen shortfin mako and swordfish declined. Those of fresh tuna and fresh and frozen tope shark increased. The volume of fresh tuna registered the most important variation.

On Mercamadrid, the most important rise was that in frozen albacore, especially head-on. The other increase was registered in fresh shortfin mako. The most significant drop was reported by frozen swordfish.

Table 1: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 29 and 28

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 29

Week 28

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

23,080

8,944

158

Frozen

Skinless bonito

5,770

2,236

158

Frozen

Shortfin mako

300

1,140

-74

Frozen

Swordfish

12,358

27,367

-55

Frozen

Blue shark

3,300

4,600

-28

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

3,186

4,988

-36

Fresh

Skinless bonito

9,554

14,965

-36

Fresh

Shortfin mako

1,089

36

-

Fresh

Swordfish

33,889

34,365

-1

Fresh

Blue shark

4

1,000

-100

Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 29, volumes of bullet tuna and albacore declined. Those of picked dogfish and swordfish increased, but very slightly. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 2: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 28 and 28, in kg

Species

Week 29

Week 28

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

486

550

-12

Bullet tuna

695

735

-5

Picked dogfish

124

63

98

Swordfish

579

555

4

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

Prices

The prices of skipjack were the same as that of the previous week on the main markets. On the market of Bangkok, it was still at USD 1,600/t. On Manta it was at USD 1,200/t. Catch volumes in the Indian Ocean remained at USD 950/t. On the market of Abidjan they stayed at EUR 1,000/t.

Prices of yellowfin remained 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 900/t CFR Spain. That of yellowfin remained at EUR 2,500/t CFR Spain.

Table 3: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 30, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.50

> 10 kg/pc

2.40

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.80

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

0.90

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

Source: FIS.com

Table 4: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 30, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.50

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 30, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

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, prices of tunid and squaliform species remained stable in all presentations, except for that of fresh albacore, which dropped by 20 cents in the case of headless albacore and 7 cents in head-on albacore.

On Mercabarna, the most important variation was the rise in the price of fresh tuna because of the higher demand.

Table 6: Prices on Mercabarna,
weeks 29 and 28, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 29

Week 28

% of variation

Fresh tuna

12.94

12.83

0.86

Frozen whole tope shark

4.01

4.01

0.00

Fresh tope shark

6.15

6.19

-0.65

Frozen shortfin mako

4.58

4.58

0.00

Fresh shortfin mako

10.67

10.66

0.09

Frozen swordfish

9.03

9.02

0.11

Fresh swordfish

13.97

13.89

0.58

Source: Mercabarna

Italy

Prices on Italian first-sale markets declined in the case of bullet tuna and increased in the rest of tunid and squaliform species.

Table 7: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 29 and 28, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 29

Week 28

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

8.04

9.34

5.42

11.25

48

-17

Bullet tuna

2.90

6.90

3.58

7.58

-19

-9

Picked dogfish

7.32

9.84

8.04

8.45

-9

16

Swordfish

12.75

16.48

10.75

17.25

19

-4

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

Markets

European Union

Table 8: Imports of frozen whole and H&G skipjack by the EU,
January-April 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

1

2

2.54

2.27

Austria

 

1

 

1.90

Belgium

 

1

 

11.64

Bulgaria

 

46

 

1.97

Denmark

4

 

2.48

 

Spain

11,237

10,813

1.19

1.67

France

3

3

2.30

2.88

Greece

 

10

 

2.36

Italy

 

2

 

1.41

Netherlands

4

0

1.60

10.10

Portugal

2,003

2,809

1.26

1.96

United Kingdom

1

 

17.16

 

Czech Republic

0

 

10.35

 

Romania

 

1

 

6.23

Average Total

13,253

13,687

4.86

4.04

 Source: Eurostat.

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

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

3

1

2.84

1.93

Spain

34,535

39,218

0.92

1.59

France

2,162

6,465

1.17

1.64

Italy

 

47

 

2.01

Netherlands

 

3

 

2.44

Portugal

5

16

1.65

1.60

Average Total

36,704

45,749

1.64

1.87

 Source: Eurostat

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2. LATIN AMERICA

2.1 Argentina

Patagonian smoothhound (Mustelus schmitii)
Tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus)
Spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) and others

According to preliminary information of the SAGPyA, in June 2014 landed volumes of squaliform species reported 177.1 tonnes, down 73% on those of the previous month and 60% on those of June 2013.

Table 10: Squaliforms landed volumes, June 2014, in tonnes

Species

June -14

May -14

June/May 14

June -13

June 14/13

Dogfish

58.5

234.7

-75%

72.4

-19%

Patagonian smooth-hound

117.4

424.8

-72%

361.4

-67.5%

Tope shark

1.2

6.0

-80%

6.7

-82%

Source: SAGPyA

If the figures of June are confirmed, during the first six months of 2014 they will have caught 1,782.7 tonnes of smoothhound, down 35% on those of the same period in 2013.

Graph 1: Patagonian smooth-hound landed volumes,
January-June 2010/2014, in tonnes and its percentage variation

Source: SAGPyA

Markets and prices

According to the National Customs Administration (ANA), during June 2014, exports totaled 9.4 tonnes of frozen smoothhound, worth over USD 36,381 FOB. There were no exports of other shark or tope shark fillets.

Table 11: Exports of squaliforms fillets, June 2014

Product

Volume (MT)

Var. Volume

FOB value (thousands of USD)

Var. Value

2014

2013

2014

2013

Fillets

9.4

18.0

-48%

36.38

59.7

-39%

Source: ANA

If these June figures are confirmed, during the first six months of the year, they will have exported 39.3 tonnes of squaliform fillets, worth USD 141,964 FOB.

Table 12: Exports of squaliforms fillets, January-June 2014

Product

Volume (MT)

Var. Volume

FOB value (thousands of USD)

Var. Value

2014

2013

2014

2013

Fillets

39.3

51.7

-24%

142.0

173.5

-18%

Source: ANA

Prices

Table 13: FOB reference prices of squaliform fillets,
July 2014

Species

Packing

Size

Price (USD/t)

Patagonian smooth-hound

Fillets IQF

u/500 g

3,820

500g /up

4,000

Source: FIS.com

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3. NORTH AMERICA

3.1 United States

Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)

Prices

During the second fortnight of July, the H&G from Central and South America, fresh, 100lb up, quoted at USD 12.10 and 12.70/kg, C&F Miami (USD 5.50 to 5.75/lb); the H&G from the same origin -50 to 99lb- quoted at USD 12.10 and 13.75/kg (USD 5.75 to 6.25/lb).

The average CIF price of headless and/or fresh gutted swordfish (HS 0302670090, former 0302692049) at US Customs in May was USD 8,302/t. This figure is down 13% on that of the previous month and 20% on that of May 2013. During the first five months the average was USD 9,444, down 12% on those of the same period in 2013.

Graph 2: Average CIF price at US Customs of fresh swordfish imports
(HS 0302470090, former 0302670090), 2010/2014, in USD/t

Source: USDA-FAS

Markets

In May, US imports of fresh swordfish reached 741 tonnes, worth USD 6,152,000 CIF declared at Customs.

These figures show a rise of 40% in volume and 22% in value compared with the previous month, and 50% and 20% respectively compared with May 2013.

Graph 3: Imports of fresh swordfish (HS 0302470090,
former 0302670090), 2010/2014, in tonnes and thousands of USD

Source: USDA-FAS

In the period, imports reported 2,269 tonnes and USD 21,429,000, up 47% in volume and 30% in value on those of 2013.

Graph 4: Imports of fresh swordfish (HS 0302470090,
former 0302670090), January-May 2010/2014

Source: USDA-FAS

The main suppliers of fresh headless and/or gutted swordfish during the four months were Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica with 602, 325 and 304 tonnes respectively.

Graph 5: Main origins of fresh swordfish imports,
(HS 0302470090, former 0302670090), January-May 2014

Source: USDA-FAS

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By DGA and Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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