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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, February 03, 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

 
ASIA
1.1 JJapan - 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 November was JPY 1,681/kg, up 26% on that of October and 10% on that of November 2014. In the eleven months the average was JPY 1,495/kg, down 6% on that of the same period in 2014.

Table 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000) 
at Japan Customs, years 2015-2014, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR: Nov/15 Oct/15

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR:  Nov/15 Nov/14

Nov 15

Oct 15

Nov 14

Spain

2,459

2,293

+7%

3,066

-20%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

2,707

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

-

-

-

-

-

Mexico

1,592

-

-

1,900

-16%

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin imports (HS 030345000 y 030346000)
at Japan Customs, years 2011—2015, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports reached only 163 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 274 million at Japanese Customs, down 82% in volume and 77% in value on those of the previous month and down 50% and 45% respectively on those of November 2014.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000),
2011/2015

Source: Customs

During the period, imports reached 11,932 tonnes, worth JPY 17,843 million, down 8% in volume and 14% in value on those of the previous year.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly imports of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000),
in tonnes, 2011-2015

Source: Japan Customs

Australia was the main origin of Japanese imports of frozen southern bluefin, with 7,436 tonnes. Mexico was the main origin of Japanese imports of frozen northern bluefin, with 2,466 tonnes.

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-November 2015, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

On Galician ports, volumes of froze tunid species landed for the canning industry doubled during the last week, compared with previous years.

The European Union Mixed Commission and the Republic of Gabon met to analyse the Association Agreement on fishing issues about 2015. During the meeting they agreed that before the actual Protocol expires on 23rd July 2016, a new Protocol will be fixed to ensure the stability of the tuna fleet working in Gabon. In 2015, catch volumes in this bed reached 32,000 tonnes, half of which were caught by Spanish vessels.

As regards the tune fleet of the US, 32 of them have not been able to operate since the first days of January in the Pacific because of their government has not payed the quotas yet.

Spain

On Mercamadrid, during week 4, the most important variations were the drops registered in fresh swordfish and fresh albacore, especially headless. The most important rise was that of frozen albacore, especially head-on.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 4

Week 3

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

24,480

13,176

86

35

62

-44

Frozen

Skinless bonito

6,120

3,294

86

9

16

-44

Frozen

Shortfin mako

3,394

 

-

3

20

-83

Frozen

Swordfish

38,500

37,600

2

191

128

50

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

 

4,320

-

13

4

196

Fresh

Skinless bonito

 

10,080

-

24

10

136

Fresh

Shortfin mako

500

75

567

1

1

7

Fresh

Swordfish

13,191

30,433

-57

51

76

-32

Fresh

Blue shark

200

200

0

0

5

-96

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 4, volumes of the all tunid and squaliform species analysed declined. The most important decline, in absolute values, was that of bullet tuna. 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 4

Week 3

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

487

506

-4

2

2

26

Bullet tuna

1,045

1,265

-17

5

4

25

Picked dogfish

4

7

-43

0

1

-97

Swordfish

465

562

-17

2

2

32

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Vietnam for the second fortnight of January were still the same as in the first one, quoting at between EUR 1.74/kg and EUR 1.87/kg. On Bangkok, it was still at EUR 0.925/kg.

Prices of yellowfin on the market of Vietnam increased to EUR 2.16/t in the last two weeks. In the market of Bangkok it remained at USD 1.37/kg FOB and in the Seychelles they stayed USD 1.38/kg.

Spain

In Spain, the price of yellowfin increased to EUR 1,700/t EXW Spain. That of skipjack also reported a slight rise, to EUR 1,050/t EXW Spain.

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

Species

Count

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

1.60

> 10 kg/pc

1.65

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.95

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.15

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins, in Spain,
week 4, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.40

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.60

Simple

4.10

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain, week 4, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

12.00

Skin-on and boneless

10.60

Slice

7.00/8.25

H&G

25/50 kg

6.30

50/70 kg

6.20

70/100 kg

6.10

+ 100 kg

6.00

Source: FIS.com

During week 4, on Mercamadrid, prices of tunid and squaliform species remained stable, except for that of fresh swordfish that rose by EUR 1.23/kg.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 4 and 3 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 4

Week 3

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

9.00

9.00

0

Fresh

Blue shark

3.31

3.31

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

24.80

23.57

5

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, prices increased in the case of Atlantic albacore, while those of picked dogfish, swordfish and bullet tuna declined.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 4 and 3 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 4

Week 3

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

2.61

3.61

2.47

3.59

6

1

Bullet tuna

3.42

6.83

3.58

7.17

-4

-5

Picked dogfish

1.89

1.89

2.80

2.97

-33

-36

Swordfish

5.34

10.67

5.90

10.53

-10

1

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

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of frozen whole and H&G skipjack by the EU,
January-October 2015/2014

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Curaçao

8,048

19,523

0.95

1.11

Panama

4,565

19,499

0.94

1.09

Green Cape Republic

6,733

13,542

0.99

1.10

Guatemala

6,942

7,051

1.12

1.31

Brazil

6,656

1,754

1.92

1.63

Spain

2,098

5,284

1.99

2.05

The Seychelles

414

6,778

0.97

1.06

Senegal

2,522

3,562

1.31

1.50

Extra, undetermined territories

2,521

2,642

1.25

1.27

Ghana

1,145

827

1.12

1.45

El Salvador

1,877

 

0.94

 

Portugal

521

960

1.38

1.95

Belice

1,340

104

1.11

1.20

France

235

892

1.36

1.26

Mauritius

669

56

0.99

1.30

South Korea

137

530

0.97

0.88

New Zealand

515

 

1.16

 

China

24

192

1.43

1.17

Ivory coast

166

 

0.70

 

Thailand

10

111

3.65

1.62

Netherlands

0

115

7.15

2.66

Indonesia

27

80

1.33

1.46

Vietnam

4

73

2.06

1.70

Mauritania

 

69

 

1.87

Nicaragua

 

37

 

1.43

Italy

 

33

 

3.61

Saint Helen and dependent states

 

32

 

1.55

Japan

0

11

0.53

0.56

Others

2

4

0.88

2.50

Total

47,170

83,758

1.22

1.23

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 10: Exports of frozen whole and H&G skipjack by the EU,
January-October 2015/2014

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Ecuador

24,216

56,019

1.02

0.97

Mauritius

22,065

44,729

0.99

1.11

Thailand

7,588

35,978

0.78

0.89

The Seychelles

14,773

28,333

0.98

1.00

Ivory coast

13,640

18,896

0.93

1.03

Madagascar

5,154

12,671

1.10

0.97

Portugal

1,192

14,267

1.06

1.23

Ghana

5,646

4,526

1.03

1.04

Turkey

3,046

7,007

0.96

1.87

El Salvador

857

7,118

0.93

1.10

Kenya

1,834

4,553

0.89

1.13

Colombia

1,431

3,648

0.63

1.16

Tunisia

562

2,831

1.25

0.73

Spain

2,151

1,166

1.08

1.18

Senegal

1,133

1,533

0.94

1.31

Philippines

1,834

 

0.56

 

Kiribati

 

1,719

 

0.73

France

23

1,556

2.08

0.94

Vietnam

1,207

 

0.71

 

Mauritania

1,061

48

1.04

0.82

Morocco

424

359

1.15

1.09

Peru

 

676

 

0.78

Netherlands

25

323

0.75

2.63

Algeria

146

 

1.26

 

Italy

15

42

2.54

4.68

Germany

0

29

4.90

4.81

Others

6

29

2.97

3.82

Total

110,028

248,053

0.97

1.04

  Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

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