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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, August 27, 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 June reported JPY 715/kg, up 4% on that of the previous month and 20% on that of June 2013. During the first six months of the year it averaged JPY 713/kg, up 23% 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 (%)

Jun/14

May/14

Jun/13

Jun/14 May/14

Jun/14 Jun/13

Korean Republic

794

834

643

-5%

+3%

China

746

725

593

+%

+6%

Taiwan

708

670

596

+%

+9%

Philippines

-

773

591

-

-

Indonesia

-

-

598

-

-

The Seychelles

702

680

588

+%

+9%

Vanuatu

747

648

519

+5%

+4%

Source: Japan Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 5,993 tonnes, worth JPY 4,282 million, down 8% in volume and 4% in value on those of the previous month and they were up 20% in volume and 44% in value on those of June 2013.

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

Source: Customs

During the first six months of the year, imports totaled 38,819 tonnes and JPY 27,674 million, down 6% in volume but up 16% in value on those of the same period last year.   

Taiwan contributed 52% (19,942 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 21% (5,721 tonnes) of imports of the period.

Graph 3: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-June 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 24 tonnes. The most significant decline was registered in frozen swordfish, by 37 tonnes. The most important rise was that in fresh swordfish, by 17 tonnes, compared with the previous month. Those of fresh albacore also rose by 7 tonnes.

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

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 33

Week 32

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

8,960

18,880

-53

Frozen

Skinless bonito

2,240

4,720

-53

Frozen

Shortfin mako

3,559

3,774

-6

Frozen

Swordfish

12,970

49,590

-74

Frozen

Blue shark

46

100

-54

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5,395

3,505

54

Fresh

Skinless bonito

16,183

10,516

54

Fresh

Shortfin mako

850

20

-

Fresh

Swordfish

31,555

15,004

110

Fresh

Blue shark

500

170

194

Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during week 33, volumes of albacore increased by 93 tonnes. The main port was Port en Lorient.

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

Species

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Albacore

135,027

41,919

222

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 33, volumes of bullet tuna, swordfish, picked dogfish and Atlantic albacore declined. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

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

Species

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

400

495

-19

Bullet tuna

1,065

1,080

-1

Picked dogfish

 

149

-

Swordfish

400

593

-33

 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 at USD 1,800/t. On Manta it was at USD 1,200/t. Prices of Indian Ocean volumes also remained at USD 950/t, and that on the market of Abidjan quoted 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 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 33, 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 6: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 33, 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 7: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 33, 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 have remained stable in all tunid and squaliform species, except for fresh albacore that rose due to the higher demand.

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

3.31

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5.00

4.90

2

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.50

6.40

2

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

5.50

0

Fresh

Swordfish

18.00

18.00

0

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

Source: Mercabarna

France

At French ports, prices of albacore rose by EUR 0.15/ kg, due to the higher demand.

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

Species

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Albacore

2.03

1.88

8

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets the prices of albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish increased because of a drop in supplies.

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

7.50

13.50

6.20

12.10

21

12

Bullet tuna

3.80

6.80

3.00

6.00

27

13

Picked dogfish

   

7.29

8.89

-

-

Swordfish

11.00

19.00

10.74

14.83

2

28

 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-May 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

181

331

6.92

8.30

Belgium

265

577

6.51

9.53

Bulgaria

 

3

 

9.27

Cyprus

6

12

4.56

10.58

Croatia

30

 

4.11

 

Denmark

92

84

4.88

6.72

Slovaquia

 

3

 

6.33

Slovenia

 

47

 

7.92

Spain

1,767

2,013

4.55

5.14

Estonia

12

14

5.24

5.73

Finland

 

4

 

8.83

France

1,471

1,549

7.20

7.23

Greece

 

5

 

10.33

Hungary

 

10

 

8.54

Ireland

1

1

4.68

3.55

Italy

319

526

5.71

7.50

Letonia

1

11

12.27

10.21

Lithuania

12

27

7.96

8.00

Luxembourg

 

1

 

74.18

Malta

0

1

7.70

6.58

Netherlands

352

414

6.85

7.79

Poland

43

69

4.14

5.99

Portugal

100

866

5.53

4.79

United Kingdom

550

504

6.46

8.28

Czech Republic

34

40

9.68

6.75

Romania

9

11

4.58

18.55

Sweden

20

100

7.67

8.09

Average Total

5,263

7,222

6.36

10.57

 Source: Eurostat

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

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

7

96

13.25

10.88

Belgium

1

390

7.51

9.08

Bulgaria

 

0

 

3.40

Croatia

3

 

6.57

 

Denmark

2

35

10.47

7.13

Spain

1,116

2,242

12.54

7.40

Estonia

10

0

10.91

40.20

France

73

101

10.82

6.67

Greece

 

0

 

22.05

Hungary

 

0

 

11.27

Italy

0

13

10.47

16.24

Letonia

0

4

12.18

12.17

Lithuania

1

0

9.11

17.70

Luxembourg

 

0

 

26.60

Netherlands

36

1,308

7.99

5.44

Poland

 

4

 

6.56

Portugal

207

481

4.36

5.31

United Kingdom

15

111

7.43

6.03

Czech Republic

4

2

16.34

12.87

Romania

0

 

6.50

 

Sweden

0

0

9.10

32.77

Average Total

1,477

4,787

9.72

13.67

 Source: Eurostat

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