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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
 

 

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 - Bigeye
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – 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 717/kg, down 1% on that of the previous month and similar to that of June 2015. During the first six months of the year it averaged JPY 724/kg, down 1% on that of the same period last year.

Graph 1: Average price of frozen bigeye at Japan Customs,
2012/2016, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Table 1: Average FOB price of frozen bigeye
at Japan Customs, in JPY/kg

Origin

USD/kg

Variation (%)

Jun 16

May 16

Jun 15

Jun/16 May/16

Jun/16 Jun/15

Korean Republic

761

788

612

-3%

+24%

China

711

717

753

-1%

-6%

Taiwan

722

723

712

0%

1%

Philippines

-

-

-

-

-

Indonesia

-

-

-

-

-

The Seychelles

753

766

727

-2%

+4%

Vanuatu

707

722

707

-2%

0%

Source: Japanese Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 5,376 tonnes, worth JPY 3,856 million, down 16% in volume and 17% in value on those of the previous month and they were up 1% in volume and similar in value to those of June 2015.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bigeye tuna,
2012-2016

Source: Customs

During the period, imports totaled 39,863 tonnes worth JPY 28,875 million, up 9% in volume and 7% in value on those of the same period during the previous year.

Taiwan contributed 49% (19,774 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 26% (10,469 tonnes) of imports of the period.

Graph 3: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-June 2016, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercabarna, during week 33, the most important increases were those in fresh tuna, frozen whole tope shark and frozen tope shark slices. The most important drop was that in fresh head-on albacore.

On the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, during week 33, supplies of shortfin mako and headless albacore declined. Those of the rest of species increased. The most significant rise was that in headless albacore.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 33

Week 32

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

21,698

17,334

25

423

546

-23

Frozen

Skinless bonito

17,977

26,103

-31

449

415

8

Frozen

Shortfin mako

14,379

36,074

-60

75

133

-44

Frozen

Swordfish

29,070

27,525

6

1,643

1,827

-10

Frozen

Blue shark

3,000

 

-

28

7

301

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

21,698

17,334

25

423

546

-23

Fresh

Skinless bonito

17,977

26,103

-31

449

415

8

Fresh

Shortfin mako

14,379

36,074

-60

75

133

-44

Fresh

Swordfish

29,070

27,525

6

1,643

1,827

-10

Fresh

Blue shark

1,000

 

-

7

27

-75

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during week 33, volumes of northern albacore increased by 96 tonnes, compared with the previous week. The main ports were Lorient, Le Guilvinec and Les Sables D''olonne.

Table 3: Volumes traded at French ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Northern albacore

182,652

86,534

111

319

234

36

Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 33, volumes of the all species analysed increased. The most significant rises were those in bullet tuna and swordfish. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 4: Volumes traded at Italian ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

660

586

13

19

17

7

Bullet tuna

1,510

1,245

21

35

33

7

Picked dogfish

141

117

21

1

2

-56

Swordfish

817

620

32

19

18

4

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,400/t.

Spain

The price of yellowfin stayed at EUR 2,550/t EXW Spain. The price of skipjack > 1.8 kg remained at EUR 1,360/t EXW Spain.

As regards squaliform species, prices of swordfish were the same.

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

2.45

> 10 kg/pc

2.55

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.20

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.36

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.40

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins,
in Spain, week 33, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.50

Simple

5.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.90

Simple

4.60

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

13.10

Skin-on and boneless

11.70

Slice

7.60

H&G

25/50 kg

6.40

50/70 kg

6.30

70/100 kg

6.10

+ 100 kg

5.90

Source: FIS.com

On Mercabarna, during week 33, prices of most tunid and squaliform species declined. The most significant drops were those in fresh southern albacore, fresh swordfish, fresh tope shark, fresh tuna, frozen swordfish and fresh shortfin mako.

Prices of shortfin mako increased on Mercamadrid, during week 33, due to a drop in supplies. Those of albacore, swordfish and blue shark declined. The last two were due to the rise in supplies.

Table 8: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 33 and 32 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 33

Week 32

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

4.73

4.89

-3

Frozen

Skinless bonito

5.30

5.47

-3

Frozen

Shortfin mako

5.02

4.06

24

Frozen

Swordfish

14.43

15.33

-6

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4.73

4.89

-3

Fresh

Skinless bonito

5.30

5.47

-3

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.02

4.06

24

Fresh

Swordfish

14.43

15.33

-6

Fresh

Blue shark

 

5.50

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

The average price of northern albacore volumes was up EUR 0.31/kg at French ports, due to a higher demand.

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

Species

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Northern albacore

3.65

3.34

9

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, the average prices of Atlantic albacore, bullet tuna and picked dogfish declined due to the rise in supplies. That of swordfish increased due to the higher demand.

Table 10: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 33 and 32 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 33

Week 32

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

1.76

3.48

4.23

6.34

-58

-45

Bullet tuna

3.50

7.00

3.75

7.50

-7

-7

Picked dogfish

4.95

5.43

4.93

5.60

0

-3

Swordfish

6.74

9.59

1.75

3.14

285

205

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

Markets

European Union

Table 11: Imports of frozen, whole and H&G skipjack
by the EU, January-June 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Curaçao

5,863

4,408

1.10

0.91

Brazil

3,038

5,754

1.56

1.96

Guatemala

4,209

3,656

1.12

1.10

Republic of Green Cape

2,547

3,913

1.16

1.00

Panama

2,251

2,067

0.97

0.91

El Salvador

2,742

1,075

1.18

0.87

Spain

2,357

1,310

1.43

2.13

The Seychelles

2,826

395

1.28

0.96

Senegal

1,617

1,022

1.36

1.29

Extra, undetermined territories

1,180

472

1.00

1.06

Belice

1,002

109

1.15

0.98

Ghana

 

1,101

 

1.12

France

657

235

1.71

1.36

Mauritius

179

658

1.11

0.99

Portugal

193

521

3.89

1.35

Indonesia

702

 

1.61

 

New Zealand

 

515

 

1.16

Ivory coast

 

166

 

0.70

South Korea

 

137

 

0.97

Saint Helen and dependent states

18

 

1.41

 

Maldive Islands

13

 

1.84

 

Others

21

10

3.50

3.83

Total

31,416

27,522

1.24

1.27

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 12: Exports of frozen, whole and H&G skipjack
by the EU, January-June 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Ecuador

9,113

17,591

1.02

1.01

The Seychelles

12,346

12,048

1.06

0.92

Mauritius

8,295

15,012

1.00

0.89

Ivory coast

5,292

9,178

0.96

0.96

Thailand

6,675

6,646

1.15

0.75

Ghana

4,318

3,096

0.98

1.06

Portugal

4,829

1,192

1.41

1.06

Madagascar

3,021

1,930

1.00

0.81

Turkey

2,628

1,118

1.04

1.74

Spain

1,858

1,814

1.26

1.05

Philippines

 

1,834

 

0.56

Kenya

 

1,834

 

0.89

Vietnam

 

1,207

 

0.71

Republic of Green Cape

1,110

1

1.08

0.94

Mauritania

937

130

0.94

0.81

Senegal

806

203

1.08

1.07

France

864

22

2.98

1.49

Tunisia

868

 

1.09

 

El Salvador

175

578

1.01

0.92

Algeria

489

 

0.93

 

Oman

183

 

1.47

 

Italy

114

15

1.43

2.55

Morocco

90

22

1.34

1.14

Netherlands

1

25

3.43

0.75

United Kingdom

19

 

0.99

 

Others

3

2

5.63

5.12

Total

64,035

75,499

1.10

0.93

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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