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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, December 21, 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 - 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 October was JPY 1.38/kg, up 4% on that of September and 3% on that of October 2015. In the ten months the average was JPY 1,385/kg, down 7% on that of the same period in 2015.

Table 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and
030346000)  at Japan Customs, years 2016-2015, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR: Oct/16 Sep/16

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR:  Oct/16 Oct/15

Oct 16

Sep 16

Oct 15

Spain

-

-

-

2293

-

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

2,572

-

-

-

-

Mexico

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin imports
(HS 030345000 and 030346000) at Japan Customs,
years 2012—2016, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports reached 724 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 1,000 million at Japanese Customs, down 83% in volume and 82% in value on those of the previous month and down 18% and 15% respectively on those of October 2015. In September, Australia sent 4,243 tonnes of frozen bluefin to Japan, worth JPY 5,643 million, JPY 1,330/kg.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2012/2016

Source: Customs

During the period, imports reached 9,477 tonnes, worth JPY 13,126 million, down 3% in volume and 16% in value on those of the previous year.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), in tonnes, 2012-2016

Source: Japan Customs

In the period, Australia sent 7,865 tonnes of frozen bluefin to Japan, worth JPY 6,933 million.

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-October 2016, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On the wholesale market of Mercabarna, during week 50, supplies of tunid and squaliform species declined by 2.7 tonnes. These declines have affected most species. The most significant drops were those in fresh swordfish, fresh tuna, frozen and fresh shortfin mako and fresh northern albacore.

Supplies of tunid and squaliform species increased on Mercamadrid, as in the case of swordfish and albacore. Those of shortfin mako and blue shark increased.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 50

Week 49

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

14,431

22,330

-35

665

771

-14

Frozen

Skinless bonito

6,364

12,850

-50

722

637

13

Frozen

Shortfin mako

1,327

732

81

162

218

-26

Frozen

Swordfish

72,300

85,500

-15

2,374

2,776

-14

Frozen

Blue shark

50

25

100

41

10

292

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

14,431

22,330

-35

665

771

-14

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6,364

12,850

-50

722

637

13

Fresh

Shortfin mako

1,327

732

81

162

218

-26

Fresh

Swordfish

72,300

85,500

-15

2,374

2,776

-14

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 50, volumes of all tunid and squaliform species analysed declined. The most important drops were those in bullet tuna and albacore. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 3: Volumes traded at Italian ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 50

Week 49

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

335

610

-45

26

27

-5

Bullet tuna

435

920

-53

49

51

-4

Picked dogfish

14

35

-60

1

2

-51

Swordfish

445

595

-25

25

27

-5

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok increased to USD 1,600/kg. Some experts of the sector expect the price of raw material to increase to USD 1,700/kg.

Spain

The prices of yellowfin for the canning industry remained at EUR 2,300/t EXW Spain. The price of skipjack > 1.8-3.4 kg rose to EUR 1,400/t EXW.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 50, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.20

> 10 kg/pc

2.30

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.25

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.40

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.45

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins, in Spain,
week 50, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.60

Simple

5.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.20

Simple

5.00

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 50, 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 50, those of fresh shortfin mako and fresh northern albacore declined. Those of the rest of tunid and squaliform species increased. The most important rises were registered in fresh swordfish, fresh tuna and fresh tope shark, due to a drop in supplies.

Prices of swordfish increased on Mercamadrid, during week 50, due to a drop in supplies. That of shortfin mako declined due to the increase in supplies and so did that of albacore due to the lower demand.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 50 and 49 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 50

Week 49

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

5.22

5.40

-3

Frozen

Skinless bonito

6.19

6.39

-3

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.78

5.02

-5

Frozen

Swordfish

14.41

14.31

1

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5.22

5.40

-3

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.19

6.39

-3

Fresh

Shortfin mako

4.78

5.02

-5

Fresh

Swordfish

14.41

14.31

1

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian first-sale markets prices dropped in the case of picked dogfish and bullet tuna. Those of swordfish and albacore have increased.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 50 and 49 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 50

Week 49

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

1.87

3.67

1.71

3.38

9

8

Bullet tuna

3.40

6.80

4.14

8.14

-18

-16

Picked dogfish

3.67

3.92

6.32

6.90

-42

-43

Swordfish

11.10

22.10

11.07

21.79

0

1

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

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of canned tuna, skipjack and
albacore (Sarda spp.) by the EU, January-September 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Ecuador

98,819

84,564

3.70

3.91

Mauritius

43,841

42,835

4.04

4.06

Spain

41,569

38,479

5.18

4.01

The Seychelles

44,543

31,199

4.72

4.93

Thailand

32,470

35,773

4.69

4.37

Philippines

30,100

34,809

3.51

3.39

Ghana

28,559

23,187

4.85

5.50

Papua New Guinea

22,861

20,853

3.99

3.66

Ivory coast

23,211

19,845

3.82

3.59

Indonesia

18,049

16,733

3.52

3.58

Vietnam

10,422

13,321

3.46

3.24

Netherlands

11,407

8,430

7.57

5.16

China

9,140

10,658

2.07

3.00

El Salvador

8,613

7,749

4.09

4.80

Madagascar

7,127

7,180

3.61

3.55

Salomon Islands

6,433

5,819

4.83

3.51

Italy

6,841

4,942

5.75

6.26

Colombia

4,787

5,812

4.12

4.62

Guatemala

3,954

4,478

4.75

4.26

Portugal

4,520

1,848

5.79

4.74

Germany

3,148

2,478

4.60

4.69

Peru

1,873

3,099

3.74

4.30

Maldive Islands

2,224

1,746

4.90

5.53

Green Cape Republic

3,056

787

5.19

4.48

France

1,871

1,933

7.81

6.90

Kenya

 

3,621

 

4.44

United Kingdom

1,785

1,384

 

6.21

Belgium

1,402

988

7.51

4.65

Senegal

488

1,615

3.43

3.51

Ireland

580

411

8.07

10.89

Taiwan

 

599

 

4.05

Other (42)

2,458

2,088

5.40

5.09

Total

476,153

439,262

4.28

4.13

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 10: Exports of canned tuna, skipjack and
albacore (Sarda spp.) by the EU, January-September 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Italy

21,486

7,128

5.65

6.05

France

13,078

4,852

5.74

4.93

Portugal

7,294

2,247

4.16

6.15

United Kingdom

5,640

3,037

10.29

6.89

Germany

7,177

1,164

6.53

10.74

Melilla

3,246

2,968

3.95

3.11

Spain

4,415

1,526

3.67

3.83

Algeria

2,651

2,512

3.86

3.95

Ceuta

2,387

2,408

3.91

4.30

Ireland

2,418

2,000

7.22

5.43

Belgium

2,620

1,453

7.92

6.31

Saudi Arabia

2,037

1,216

5.37

9.03

Switzerland

1,534

1,606

8.88

9.41

Chile

1,297

1,724

8.91

6.53

Angola

1,488

1,134

5.78

5.62

Libya

1,147

1,006

5.75

5.33

Canada

960

825

8.21

7.59

Mozambique

727

996

5.07

5.37

Slovaquia

1,036

530

35.60

8.49

Greece

1,110

114

6.35

6.20

United States

625

559

8.64

7.54

Netherlands

969

215

8.33

8.08

Czech Republic

966

199

8.65

7.44

Poland

776

377

8.37

6.86

United Arab Emirates

612

398

8.53

9.88

Slovenia

841

169

5.92

5.23

Hungary

666

238

6.88

6.28

Albany

519

322

4.84

5.47

Austria

653

178

10.96

7.09

Cuba

714

17

8.06

8.90

Mauritania

421

290

9.92

5.51

Other (142)

7,228

4,298

6.71

6.46

Total

98,738

47,703

6.45

5.96

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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