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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
 
 
 

 

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

INDEX

 
1. ASIA
1.1 Japan - Skipjack, albacore, yellowfin, bluefin, bigeye
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

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

Markets

Total imports of tuna in August, fresh and frozen, reached about 19,952 tonnes, with a value at Japanese Customs of JPY 13,253 million. These figures are up 57% in volume and 54% in value on those of July and compared with those of August 2013, the volume is up 53% and and so is the value by 51%.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 1,815 tonnes with a value of JPY 2,269 million at Japanese Customs, down 10% in volume and 9% in value on those of the previous month, and down 5% in volume and value on those of August 2013.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2014/2013

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(million of JPY)

Var. %

Jan/Aug 2014

Jan/Aug 2013

Jan/Aug 2014

Jan/Aug 2013

White tuna

58

70

-17%

45

50

-10%

Yellowfin

5,500

6,699

-18%

5,367

6,116

-12%

Skipjack

2

-

-

1

-

-

Bigeye

6,379

7,282

-12%

6,427

6,951

-8%

Bluefin

2,601

2,548

+2%

3,890

4,322

-10%

Southern Bluefin

1,356

1,694

-20%

2,228

2,912

-23%

Total

15,896

18,293

-13%

17,958

20,351

-12%

Source: Japan Customs

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2010/2014

Source: Japan Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 18,137 tonnes, worth JPY 10,984 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are up 69% in volume and 80% in value on those of the previous month and compared with those of August 2013, the volume is up 63% and the value is up 71%.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2014/2013

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(million of JPY)

Var. %

Jan/Aug 2014

Jan/Aug 2013

Jan/Aug 2014

Jan/Aug 2013

White tuna

7,823

11,104

-30%

2,375

3,010

-21%

Yellowfin

29,851

25,479

+17%

12,080

9,339

+29%

Skipjack

16,021

12,274

+31%

2,196

2,103

+4%

Bigeye

48,333

51,929

-7%

34,463

30,420

+13%

Bluefin

3,953

1,461

+171%

6,186

2,864

+116%

Southern Bluefin

3,680

1,816

+103%

5,845

2,523

+132%

Total

109,661

104,063

+5%

63,145

50,259

+26%

Source: Japan Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 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 29 tonnes. The most important rise was reported by frozen shortfin mako. The most significant drop was reported by frozen swordfish.

Table 3: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 40 and 39

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 40

Week 39

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

10,480

8,536

23

Frozen

Skinless bonito

2,620

2,134

23

Frozen

Shortfin mako

46,380

700

-

Frozen

Swordfish

34,257

53,120

-36

Frozen

Blue shark

250

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

1,857

2,371

-22

Fresh

Skinless bonito

4,324

5,536

-22

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

2,220

-

Fresh

Swordfish

19,708

16,503

19

Fresh

Blue shark

500

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during week 40, volumes of albacore declined by 47 tonnes. The main port was Les Sables D'olonne.

Table 4: Volumes landed on French national markets,
weeks 38 and 39, in kg

Species

Week 40

Week 39

% of variation

Albacore

153,081

199,802

-23

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

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

Table 5: Volumes landed at Italian ports,
weeks 39 and 40, in kg

Species

Week 40

Week 39

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

244

21

-

Bullet tuna

750

 

-

Picked dogfish

77

371

-79

Swordfish

400

34

-

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack are stable both on the market of Bangkok, at USD 1,600/t, and in the Indian Ocean at 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 prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 1,450/t CFR Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 2,600/t CFR Spain.

Table 6: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 40, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

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 7: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 40, 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 8: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 40, 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 remained stable in all species, except for fresh albacore that registered a slight drop.

Table 9: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 40 and 39, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 40

Week 39

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

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5.76

5.78

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.85

6.91

-1

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

5.50

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18.50

18.50

0

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, prices of albacore declined by EUR 0.14/kg.

Table 10: Average prices at French ports,
weeks 40 and 39, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 40

Week 39

% of variation

Albacore

1.40

1.54

-9

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets prices of Atlantic albacore, picked dogfish and swordfish increased.

Table 11: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 40 and 39, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 40

Week 39

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

6.78

8.67

7.00

7.00

-3

24

Bullet tuna

3.50

6.00

   

-

-

Picked dogfish

6.57

7.55

5.39

7.65

22

-1

Swordfish

11.50

19.50

12.33

12.33

-7

58

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

Markets

European Union

Table 12: Imports of canned tuna, skipjack and albacore (Sarda spp.)
by the EU, January-July 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

30,868

44,858

3.35

4.16

Austria

1,143

6,375

3.75

5.06

Belgium

7,635

11,397

3.78

4.73

Bulgaria

391

519

2.53

3.30

Cyprus

732

1,196

3.33

4.37

Croatia

1,047

206

3.25

5.75

Denmark

3,302

5,434

3.84

4.64

Slovaquia

44

1,140

3.57

4.79

Slovenia

96

1,746

2.91

6.43

Spain

54,549

56,790

3.85

4.95

Estonia

147

115

2.93

4.10

Finland

2,970

4,541

3.68

4.81

France

64,045

72,956

4.18

4.73

Greece

1,346

3,612

3.66

5.27

Hungary

22

706

3.44

5.53

Ireland

2,206

3,815

5.77

4.95

Italy

47,581

67,672

5.06

5.77

Letonia

284

385

4.11

4.55

Lithuania

506

600

3.55

3.84

Luxembourg

 

404

 

7.16

Malta

1,223

1,301

4.27

5.20

Netherlands

21,360

26,349

3.87

4.50

Poland

1,826

6,099

3.00

3.87

Portugal

11,917

10,393

4.83

5.25

United Kingdom

54,973

62,169

3.84

4.33

Czech Republic

2,670

1,820

4.34

5.33

Romania

430

1,579

2.83

4.22

Sweden

2,670

3,663

3.48

4.13

Average Total

315,982

397,843

3.74

4.85

 Source: Eurostat

Table 13: Exports of canned tuna, skipjack and albacore (Sarda spp.)
by the EU, January-July 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

779

7,061

5.56

4.28

Austria

15

391

4.22

5.33

Belgium

35

3,285

5.70

5.01

Bulgaria

 

169

 

4.56

Cyprus

 

14

 

3.89

Croatia

96

9

8.01

8.21

Denmark

35

102

4.87

4.94

Slovaquia

 

126

 

6.12

Slovenia

17

82

5.58

5.39

Spain

19,746

55,003

4.78

5.32

Estonia

9

3

4.14

5.31

Finland

 

12

 

5.87

France

2,239

2,351

4.74

5.28

Greece

46

215

8.01

5.87

Hungary

 

19

 

3.02

Ireland

22

46

5.46

6.25

Italy

3,708

10,793

6.22

6.60

Letonia

147

203

2.78

3.95

Lithuania

28

35

4.19

4.43

Luxembourg

1

12

7.37

6.42

Malta

3

72

6.98

10.95

Netherlands

335

11,317

4.23

4.95

Poland

8

185

3.05

3.61

Portugal

6,762

6,105

4.76

5.62

United Kingdom

1,329

2,897

5.05

4.78

Czech Republic

459

422

6.50

7.25

Romania

 

39

 

3.58

Sweden

5

39

8.26

6.05

Average Total

35,823

101,009

5.47

5.46

  Source: Eurostat

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