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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
 

 

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 - Northern bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Prices

The average price at Japan Customs of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000) in July was JPY 1,432/kg, up 39% on that of June but down 5% on that of July 2013. In the first seven months the average was JPY 1,561/kg, down 10% on that of the same period last year.

Table 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 y 030346000)  at Japan Customs,
years 2014-2013, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR:
July 14
June 14

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR:
July 14

July 13

July 14

June 14

July 13

Spain

2,646

3,272

-19%

2,245

+18%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

-

-

-

-

-

Mexico

1,752

985

+78%

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices for frozen bluefin imports
(HS 030345000 y 030346000) at Japan Customs,
years 2010—2014, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

During the month, imports of frozen bluefin registered 679 tonnes, worth JPY 972 million at Japan Customs, down 43% in volume and 20% in value on the previous ones, and more than those of July 2013.

Volumes from Australia reported 464 tonnes, at JPY 1,565/kg on average.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2010/2014

Source: Customs

During the period, they totaled 4,969 tonnes worth JPY 7,758 million, up 128% in volume and 106% in value on those of the same period in 2013.

Graph 3: Monthly cumulative imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), in tonnes, 2010-2014

Source: Japan Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, incoming volumes of tunid and squaliform species rose by 12 tonnes. The most significant rise was that of frozen swordfish and the most important drop was that of fresh albacore.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 36 and 35

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 36

Week 35

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

11,908

6,707

78

Frozen

Skinless bonito

2,977

1,677

78

Frozen

Shortfin mako

815

1,000

-19

Frozen

Swordfish

42,090

27,240

55

Frozen

Blue shark

2,300

600

283

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

11,201

13,207

-15

Fresh

Skinless bonito

33,605

39,616

-15

Fresh

Shortfin mako

1,005

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

9,686

12,750

-24

Fresh

Blue shark

180

200

-10

Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during week 36, volumes of albacore increased by 170 tonnes. The main port was Les Sables D''olonne.

Table 3: Volumes landed on French national markets, 
weeks 35 and 36, in kg

Species

Week 36

Week 35

% of variation

Albacore

208,778

38,642

440

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, volumes of swordfish, bullet tuna and Atlantic albacore declined during week 36. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 4: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 35 and 36, in kg

Species

Week 36

Week 35

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

209

271

-23

Bullet tuna

385

630

-39

Swordfish

210

312

-33

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Bangkok declined to USD 1,600/t. Catch volumes in the Indian Ocean increased also to USD 1,400/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 rose to EUR 1,450/t CFR Spain. That of yellowfin increased to EUR 2,600/t CFR Spain.

Table 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 36, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Count

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 36, 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 36, 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, prices remained stable for tunid and squaliform species.

Table 8: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 36 and 35, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 36

Week 35

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

5.00

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.50

6.50

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18.50

18.50

0

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

Source: Mercabarna

France

At French ports, prices of albacore declined by EUR 0.71/kg, due to a rise in supplies.

Table 9: Average prices at French ports,
weeks 36 and 35, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 36

Week 35

% of variation

Albacore

1.71

2.42

-29

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets the prices of Atlantic albacore and bullet tuna increased because of a drop in supplies. That of swordfish also declined due to the lower demand.

Table 10: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 36 and 35, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 36

Week 35

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

6.91

9.62

6.12

9.20

13

5

Bullet tuna

4.25

7.25

3.67

7.00

16

4

Swordfish

13.28

17.32

14.87

18.87

-11

-8

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

Markets

European Union

Table 11: Imports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
–whole, H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-June 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

104

162

7.71

7.35

Belgium

849

86

3.92

10.62

Bulgaria

 

7

 

1.14

Cyprus

51

33

3.30

3.97

Denmark

 

43

 

5.14

Slovaquia

 

25

 

2.82

Slovenia

 

0

 

17.30

Spain

3,091

4,563

3.83

3.95

Finland

 

0

 

22.67

France

1,535

3,062

5.37

5.10

Greece

208

208

3.07

3.48

Ireland

0

1

63.00

11.93

Italy

1,550

6,230

4.57

5.33

Letonia

0

 

12.90

 

Lithuania

0

0

10.38

14.40

Luxembourg

 

5

 

10.67

Malta

 

13

 

3.05

Netherlands

23

21

3.39

8.89

Poland

1

29

7.88

8.97

Portugal

2,033

2,759

4.01

4.04

United Kingdom

188

355

7.01

6.85

Czech Republic

0

2

27.70

11.35

Romania

 

17

 

1.62

Sweden

 

6

 

7.92

Average Total

9,635

17,625

11.20

7.76

 Source: Eurostat

Table 12: Exports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
–whole, H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-June 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

3

18

13.75

13.20

Belgium

0

5

11.50

6.28

Denmark

 

128

 

7.26

Spain

1,769

3,642

5.54

5.12

France

523

1,666

6.06

5.36

Greece

 

7

 

6.39

Italy

7

140

10.12

5.53

Letonia

0

0

8.53

13.90

Luxembourg

 

3

 

13.37

Netherlands

3

425

10.07

8.60

Portugal

3,191

4,106

3.76

3.98

United Kingdom

70

202

4.49

5.14

Czech Republic

1

1

28.56

24.09

Average Total

5,565

10,342

10.24

9.09

 Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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