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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
 
 
 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese waters. It also highlights prices, inventories, markets, imports and exports of species detailed in the following index.

ASIA

Japan

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)
Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
Bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus)
Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)

Markets

Total imports of tuna, fresh and frozen, reached 11,700 tonnes in January 2017, with a value at Japanese Customs of JPY 6,986 million. These figures are down 31% in volume and value on those of December and compared with those of January 2016, the volume is down 18% and the value is down 19%.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 1,111 tonnes with a value of JPY 1,447 million at Japanese Customs, down 40% in volume and 43% in value on those of the previous month, and down 35% in volume and 32% in value on those of January 2016.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2017/2016

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Millions of JPY

Var. %

Jan 17

Jan 16

Jan 17

Jan 16

White tuna

0

0

-

0

0

-

Yellowfin

453

614

-26%

470

615

-24%

Skipjack

0

0

-

0

0

-

Bigeye

345

563

-39%

378

633

-40%

Bluefin

303

498

-39%

586

847

-31%

Southern Bluefin

10

40

-75%

13

42

-69%

Total

1,111

1,715

-35%

1,447

2,137

-32%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2013/2017

Source: Japanese Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 10,589 tonnes, worth JPY 5,539 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are down 29% in volume and 27% in value on those of the previous month and compared with those of January 2016, the volume is down 15% and so is the value by 14%.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2017/2016

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Millions of JPY

Var. %

Jan 17

Jan 16

Jan 17

Jan 16

White tuna

909

353

+158%

264

121

+118%

Yellowfin

3,448

4,451

-23%

1,368

1,849

-26%

Skipjack

1,735

2,119

-18%

300

342

-12%

Bigeye

4,303

5,463

-21%

3,452

3,934

-12%

Bluefin

76

118

-36%

44

189

-77%

Southern Bluefin

118

14

+743%

110

13

+746%

Total

10,589

12,518

-15%

5,538

6,448

-14%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2013/2017

Source: Japanese Customs

By DGA

www.fis.com


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