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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, October 29, 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 - bigeye
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 Spain – 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 August reported JPY 718/kg, up 2% on that of the previous month and up 15% on that of August 2013. During the first eight months of the year it averaged JPY 712/kg, up 21% on that of the same period last year.

Graph 1: Average price of frozen bigeye at Japan Customs,
2010/2014, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

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

Origin

USD/kg

Variation (%)

Aug 14

July 14

Aug 13

Aug/14 Jul/14

Aug/14 Aug/13

Korean Republic

778

818

674

-5%

+15%

China

728

711

645

+2%

+13%

Taiwan

717

693

624

+3%

+15%

Philippines

-

717

623

-

-

Indonesia

738

-

807

-

-9%

The Seychelles

737

694

609

+6%

+21%

Vanuatu

662

-

663

-

0%

Source: Japan Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 4,838 tonnes, worth JPY 3,474 million, up 3% in volume and 6% in value on those of the previous month and they were down 8% in volume but up 6% in value on those of August 2013.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bigeye tuna, 2010-2014

Source: Customs

During the period, imports totaled 48,332 tonnes worth JPY 34,430 million, down 7% in volume and 12% in value on those of the same period during the previous year.  

Taiwan contributed 52% (24,448 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 19% (7,961 tonnes) of imports of the period.

Graph 3: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-August 2014, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 Spain

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercamadrid, the most important drops in volumes were those in fresh and frozen swordfish and frozen shortfin mako.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 42 and 41

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 42

Week 41

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

11,632

6,240

86

Frozen

Skinless bonito

2,908

1,560

86

Frozen

Shortfin mako

11,600

700

1,557

Frozen

Swordfish

35,292

53,595

-34

Frozen

Blue shark

3,035

300

912

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

2,668

2,343

14

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6,047

5,310

14

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

400

-100

Fresh

Swordfish

30,263

40,515

-25

Fresh

Blue shark

200

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

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

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 41 and 42, in kg

Species

Week 42

Week 41

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

605

470

29

Bullet tuna

1,255

1,110

13

Picked dogfish

44

109

-59

Swordfish

555

745

-26

 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 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 42, 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 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 42, 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 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 42, 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 declined due to a lower demand. Those for the rest of the species remained stable.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 42 and 41, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 42

Week 41

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

3.31

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5.50

5.50

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.50

6.50

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

5.50

-

Fresh

Swordfish

17.85

20.89

-15

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

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

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 42 and 41, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 42

Week 41

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

8.58

12.58

7.90

12.70

9

-1

Bullet tuna

3.08

6.08

3.70

6.40

-17

-5

Picked dogfish

7.51

7.99

7.12

7.80

6

2

Swordfish

10.83

18.83

11.10

18.90

-2

0

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

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-July 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

251

494

7.56

8.18

Belgium

341

859

6.43

9.10

Bulgaria

 

3

 

9.08

Cyprus

7

14

4.58

10.63

Croatia

68

29

4.19

5.90

Denmark

118

156

4.85

6.32

Slovaquia

 

5

 

6.02

Slovenia

 

69

 

7.58

Spain

2,739

3,037

4.37

4.93

Estonia

25

31

6.20

5.34

Finland

 

4

 

9.01

France

2,527

2,392

7.18

7.00

Greece

 

13

 

7.88

Hungary

 

14

 

8.39

Ireland

1

2

5.24

3.86

Italy

396

751

6.56

7.41

Letonia

2

24

9.35

9.53

Lithuania

16

31

8.55

8.23

Luxembourg

 

2

 

42.92

Malta

0

2

7.70

6.87

Netherlands

621

591

6.54

8.00

Poland

49

95

4.11

5.85

Portugal

212

1,104

4.88

4.87

United Kingdom

757

734

6.28

8.07

Czech Republic

56

53

8.56

6.79

Romania

9

22

4.58

12.38

Sweden

50

133

6.47

8.95

General total

8,244

10,663

6.21

8.86

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-July 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

47

118

9.11

10.88

Belgium

1

620

7.71

8.63

Bulgaria

 

0

 

3.40

Croatia

6

0

7.28

6.73

Denmark

4

58

11.09

7.20

Spain

1,683

3,130

10.26

7.88

Estonia

21

0

11.29

48.45

France

116

185

10.74

7.31

Greece

 

1

 

24.70

Hungary

 

2

 

11.39

Italy

2

20

3.69

15.82

Letonia

1

7

11.85

12.14

Lithuania

2

1

9.17

8.31

Luxembourg

0

0

9.70

40.50

Netherlands

42

1,708

7.62

5.83

Poland

 

4

 

6.51

Portugal

647

782

4.07

5.32

United Kingdom

72

154

6.86

7.07

Czech Republic

5

3

15.23

13.67

Romania

0

 

6.50

 

Sweden

0

1

8.50

28.48

General total

2,649

6,793

8.86

14.01

  Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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