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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
 
 
 

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 March reported JPY 733/kg, down 3% on that of the previous month and up 4% on that of March 2014. During the first three months of the year it averaged JPY 747/kg, up 3% on that of the same period last year.

Graph 1: Average price of frozen bigeye at Japan Customs,
2011/2015, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

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

Origin

USD/kg

Variation (%)

March 15

Feb 15

March 14

Mar/15 Feb/15

Mar/15  Mar/14

Korean Republic

694

716

866

-3%

-20%

China

774

758

734

+2%

+5%

Taiwan

724

756

695

-4%

+4%

Philippines

-

768

715

-

-

Indonesia

-

-

-

-

-

The Seychelles

734

759

676

-3%

+9%

Vanuatu

698

802

562

-13%

+24%

Source: Japan Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 7,712 tonnes, worth JPY 5,653 million, up 64% in volume and 59% in value on those of the previous month and they were down 2% in volume and 3% in value on those of March 2014.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bigeye tuna, 2011-2015

Source: Customs

During the first three months of the year, imports totaled 17,741 tonnes and JPY 5,653 million, down 2% in volume and up 3% in value on those of the same period in 2014.      

Taiwan contributed 55% (9,752 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 28% (3,748 tonnes) of imports of the period.

Graph 3: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-March 2015, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid increased in the case of frozen albacore and frozen swordfish during week 19. Those of fresh albacore, fresh shortfih mako, fresh swordfish and fresh blue shark have declined.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid, weeks 18 and 19

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 19

Week 18

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

16,012

8,560

87

Frozen

Skinless bonito

4,003

2,140

87

Frozen

Swordfish

28,740

27,620

4

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

3,115

4,535

-31

Fresh

Skinless bonito

12,461

18,142

-31

Fresh

Shortfin mako

300

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

9,204

34,500

-73

Fresh

Blue shark

2,200

4,750

-54

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 19, volumes of picked dogfish declined and those of albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish increased.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, weeks 18 and 19, in kg

Species

Week 19

Week 18

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

655

391

68

Bullet tuna

850

730

16

Picked dogfish

4

11

-60

Swordfish

690

410

68

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Bangkok remained at USD 1,340/t.

Spain

In Spain prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 1500/t EXW Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 1,750/t EXW Spain. The price of swordfish reported no variations compared with the previous week.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 20, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

1.65

> 10 kg/pc

1.70

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.90

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.15

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain, week 20, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

7.00

Simple

6.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.70

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish in Spain, week 20, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

8.00

Skin-on and boneless

6.70

Slice

5.60

H&G

25/50 kg

6.20

50/70 kg

6.10

70/100 kg

5.90

+ 100 kg

5.80

Source: FIS.com

On Mercamadrid, during week 19, prices increased in the case of fresh swordfish by EUR 2.20/kg. Those of the rest of the tunid and squaliform species remained stable.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 19 and 18, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 19

Week 18

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

6.50

6.50

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

7.50

7.50

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

22.25

20.05

11

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets prices of Atlantic albacore and bullet tune declined. Those of swordfish and picked dogfish increased.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports, weeks 19 and 18, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 19

Week 18

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

5.27 

9.86 

9.31 

13.81 

-43

-29

Bullet tuna

2.67 

5.33 

2.80 

5.60 

-5

-5

Picked dogfish

11.42 

11.42 

7.35 

7.68 

55

49

Swordfish

11.33 

20.83 

10.40 

18.40 

9

13

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

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
by European Union countries, January 2015/2014

Country of origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Panama

746

1,194

1.40

1.58

Spain

556

1,326

2.05

1.79

Philippines

554

1,209

1.91

2.30

Guatemala

1,069

267

1.86

1.39

South Korea

1,284

 

1.96

 

Senegal

113

1,126

1.54

1.91

The Seychelles

200

897

1.80

1.61

Mexico

294

661

2.23

2.27

Mauritius

836

 

2.09

 

France

6

672

15.12

2.09

Republic of Cabo Verde

232

411

1.54

1.61

Ecuador

380

208

2.20

2.12

Indonesia

64

362

2.45

2.27

China

189

230

1.76

2.08

Undetermined territories

 

370

 

2.03

Curaçao

202

159

1.62

1.57

Thailand

289

49

3.95

3.90

Ghana

75

182

1.90

2.41

Colombia

 

228

 

2.05

United States

166

 

1.57

 

Belice

 

166

 

2.25

Vietnam

3

149

3.37

3.72

Italy

 

144

 

2.39

Papua New Guinea

108

 

1.87

 

India

7

51

2.57

2.26

Netherlands

2

20

4.90

7.19

Peru

 

6

 

3.34

Others

0

17

 

8.30

Total

7,374

10,102

1.97

1.99

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
by European Union countries, January 2015/2014

Destination country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Thailand

814

1,838

0.96

1.29

Spain

208

2,287

1.60

1.94

The Seychelles

1,192

1,194

1.60

1.66

Madagascar

 

1,469

 

1.02

Mauritius

379

840

1.23

1.97

Ivory coast

1,173

45

1.87

1.93

Ecuador

701

179

1.16

1.52

El Salvador

263

267

1.83

1.39

Portugal

 

509

 

1.73

Kenya

 

410

 

1.98

Colombia

 

403

 

2.03

Vietnam

341

 

1.72

 

Italy

5

270

6.95

2.26

Republic of Cabo Verde

48

 

1.24

 

Croatia

0

23

2.20

2.68

Netherlands

2

16

21.77

12.06

France

6

9

13.11

3.34

Serbia

7

 

1.60

 

Ireland

4

2

4.77

6.87

Malta

 

6

 

5.45

Others

8

14

9.82

9.10

Total

5,150

9,780

1.53

1.66

  Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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