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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
 

 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese and Spanish 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 Spain – 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 October, fresh and frozen, reached about 20,366 tonnes, with a value at Japanese Customs of JPY 13,251 million. These figures are up 7% in volume but down 16% in value on those of September and compared with those of October 2013, the volume is down 6% and the value is down 4%.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 1,815 tonnes with a value of JPY 2,812 million at Japanese Customs, down 10% in volume and down 9% in value on those of the previous month, and down 5% in volume and in value on those of October 2013.

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

Species

Volume (tonnes)

Var. %

Value (millions of JPY)

Var. %

Jan-Oct 2014

Jan-Oct 2013

Jan-Oct 2014

Jan-Oct 2013

White tuna

89

136

-35%

71

96

-26%

Yellowfin

6,596

8,159

-19%

6,469

7,495

-14%

Skipjack

2

-

-

1

-

-

Bigeye

7,983

9,131

-13%

7,985

8,687

-8%

Bluefin

3,142

3,322

-5%

5,171

6,063

-15%

Southern Bluefin

1,396

1,749

-20%

2,272

2,977

-24%

Total

19,208

22,496

-15%

21,968

25,316

-13%

Source: Japan Customs

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

Source: Japan Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 18,541 tonnes, worth JPY 11,070 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are up 6% in volume but down 21% in value on those of the previous month and compared with those of October 2013, the volume is down 4% and the value is down 1%.

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

Species

Volume (tonnes)

Var. %

Value (millions of JPY)

Var. %

Jan/Oct 2014

Jan/Oct 2013

Jan/Oct 2014

Jan/Oct 2013

White tuna

13,312

17,418

-24%

4,276

5,062

-16%

Yellowfin

38,384

30,978

+24%

16,264

11,686

+39%

Skipjack

19,401

17,065

+14%

2,669

2,937

-9%

Bigeye

61,932

61,878

0%

44,628

37,749

+18%

Bluefin

3,996

1,504

+166%

6,325

2,996

+111%

Southern Bluefin

8,691

7,836

+11%

13,970

11,744

+19%

Total

145,716

136,679

+7%

88,132

72,173

+22%

Source: Japan Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2010/2014

Source: Japan Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 Spain

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercamadrid, incoming vollumes of fresh albacore and fresh shortfin mako declined. Those of frozen albacore, frozen shortfin mako, frozen and fresh swordfish increased. The most significant rise was reported by fresh swordfish.

Table 3: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 49 and 48

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 49

Week 48

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

12,336

5,829

112

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3,084

1,457

112

Frozen

Shortfin mako

400

350

14

Frozen

Swordfish

51,244

41,770

23

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

3,599

4,032

-11

Fresh

Skinless bonito

8,399

9,408

-11

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

930

-

Fresh

Swordfish

33,249

22,580

47

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 49, volumes of picked dogfish declined and those of albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish increased. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 4: Volumes landed at Italian ports,  weeks 48 and 49, in kg

Species

Week 49

Week 48

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

512

421

22

Bullet tuna

1,035

865

20

Picked dogfish

15

26

-44

Swordfish

470

380

24

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Bangkok remained at USD 1,570/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 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 49, 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

1.35

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.45

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.50

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 49, 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 7: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 49, 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, the price of fresh swordfish increased due to a higher demand. The rest of tunid and squalliform products reported no variations.

Table 8: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 49 and 48, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 49

Week 48

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

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

6.80

6.80

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

7.00

7.00

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

5.50

-

Fresh

Swordfish

14.90

14.70

1

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets prices of bullet tuna, picked dogfish and swordfish declined slightly. That of Atlantic albacore has increased.

Table 9: Average prices at Italian ports, weeks 49 and 48, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 49

Week 48

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

7.69

11.03

6.36

9.18

21

20

Bullet tuna

3.33

6.67

3.38

7.38

-1

-10

Picked dogfish

7.75

7.84

7.70

8.03

1

-2

Swordfish

10.92

18.50

11.13

18.63

-2

-1

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

Markets

European Union

Table 10: Imports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
by European Union countries, January-August 2013

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

12

43

3.71

7.79

Austria

 

3

 

13.00

Belgium

33

59

3.05

7.54

Bulgaria

54

27

2.18

2.24

Cyprus

 

1

 

4.95

Croatia

 

53

 

2.77

Denmark

 

6

 

7.25

Slovaquia

 

4

 

15.64

Slovenia

 

1

 

9.30

Spain

45,968

68,728

1.99

2.42

Estonia

0

 

9.30

 

Finland

 

1

 

5.14

France

3,953

4,138

2.15

2.72

Greece

0

285

8.35

5.64

Italy

10,066

16,801

2.79

3.07

Letonia

0

3

4.40

4.85

Lithuania

1

1

7.06

8.52

Luxembourg

 

2

 

30.00

Malta

1

1

9.01

5.77

Netherlands

32

75

3.60

2.34

Poland

 

5

 

8.09

Portugal

6,187

2,233

1.85

2.16

United Kingdom

40

2

11.74

3.27

Czech Republic

15

8

7.07

12.87

Romania

 

3

 

7.96

Sweden

 

13

 

12.62

Average Total

66,361

92,492

5.22

7.52

 Source: Eurostat

Table 11: Exports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
by European Union countries, January-August 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

28

136

13.60

14.37

Belgium

 

5

 

15.55

Croatia

1

 

8.55

 

Denmark

2

20

15.13

11.72

Slovenia

 

0

 

7.87

Spain

35,945

45,877

1.59

2.05

France

16,418

13,867

1.93

2.41

Greece

 

0

 

0.80

Italy

1

67

8.39

4.70

Letonia

1

1

9.82

9.12

Netherlands

 

62

 

10.73

Portugal

8,203

1,485

1.92

2.52

United Kingdom

69

17

15.33

7.00

Czech Republic

4

2

10.33

16.52

Romania

 

1

 

10.87

Average Total

60,672

61,541

8.66

8.30

Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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