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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
 
 
 

 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese and the EU 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 and Thunnus orientalis)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Fresh

Prices

The average CIF price of fresh bluefin imported by Japan in October was JPY 2,329/kg, up 7% on that of the previous month and 16% on that of October 2016. During the first ten months, the average was JPY 1,778/kg, up 12% on that of the same period last year.

Table 1: Average price at Japan Customs, in JPY/kg CIF

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Variation

Oct /17

Sep /17

Oct /16

Oct/17 Sep/17

Oct/17 Oct/16

Spain

2,738

2,798

2,802

-2%

-2%

Italy

2,885

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

-

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

2,075

-

-

United States

2,770

2,445

2,383

+13%

+16%

Mexico

-

2,031

1,641

-

-

Australia (SBFT)

1,867

1,341

1,286

+39%

+45%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Average price at Customs of fresh bluefin
Japanese imports, 2013/2017, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

During October, about 419 tonnes of fresh bluefin were imported, worth JPY 976 million at Japan Customs.

These figures are down 1% in volume and 6% in value on those registered during the previous month. Compared with October 2016, imports dropped 33% in volume and 23% in value.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2013/2017

Source: Customs

During the first ten months of the year, imports reached 4,850 tonnes worth JPY 8,621 million, down 32% in volume and 24% in value on those of the same period in 2016.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of
fresh northern bluefin, 2013 – 2017, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

The main supplier of Northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and/or Thunnus orientalis) was Mexico with 1,729 tonnes and JPY 3,599 million during the period.

Graph 4: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of
fresh southern bluefin, 2013 – 2017, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

Australia sent 1,025 tonnes, worth JPY 1,497 million, during the period, and so did New Zeland with 770 tonnes and JPY 1,119 million.

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

The International Commission for Atlantic Tuna Conservation has agreed to widen the catch quota from 24,000 to 28,000 tonnes.

Spain

On Mercabarna, in October, the most important variations were the drop in fresh tuna, fresh swordfish, fresh shortfin mako, frozen tope shark and frozen shortfin mako. There were some increases in fresh northern albacore, fresh southern albacore and fresh tope shark.

Supplies of tunid and squaliform species declined by 359 tonnes on Mercamadrid in October. The most important drops were registered in Atlantic bluefin tuna, frozen headless tuna, fresh albacore and fresh swordfish. There was a rise in frozen shortfin mako, fresh swordfish and frozen tope shark.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

October

September

Frozen

Head-on tuna

5,122

97,428

-95

Skin-on bonito

18,974

25,559

-26

Skinless bonito

4,743

6,388

-26

Tope shark

20,280

16,320

24

Shortfin mako

21,652

1,095

1,877

Swordfish

70,447

85,700

-18

Blue shark

85

285

-70

Fresh

Skin-on tuna

89,408

94,090

-5

Bigeye

44,703

55,619

-20

Bluefin tuna

59,605

165,603

-64

Headless tune

104,310

169,779

-39

Head-on albacore

24,980

57,147

-56

Headless albacore

37,470

85,715

-56

Tope shark

4,507

7,043

-36

Shortfin mako

2,756

3,148

-12

Bullet tuna

2,350

5,618

-58

Swordfish

58,124

49,648

17

Blue shark

420

3,020

-86

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

Volumes of northern albacore landed at French ports rose by 182 tonnes during October, compared with the previous one. The main ports were Boulogne/Mer, Saint Guenole y Le Guilvinec.

Table 3: Volumes traded at French ports

Species

Volume in 2017 (T)

Cumulative volume January/October (T)

October

September

% variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% variation

Northern albacore

376,243

193,707

94

1,087

951

14

Fuente: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during October, volumes of picked dogfish, bullet tuna and Atlantic albacore declined. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 4: Volumes traded at Italian ports

Species

Volume in 2017 (T)

Cumulative volume January/October (T)

October

September

% variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% variation

Atlantic albacore

2

2

-5

21

22

-6

Bullet tuna

2

2

-7

34

44

-23

Picked dogfish

0

0

-91

1

1

-19

Swordfish

2

2

1

21

22

-7

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack dropped to USD 2,000/t CFR on the market of Bangkok at the end of November, due to an expected rise in supplies. Pacific skipjack deliveries are expected to reach about USD 1,800/t by December.

Spain

The prices of yellowfin for the canning industry remained at EUR 3,560/t EXW Spain. Prices of skipjack tuna > 1.8-3.4 kg are between EUR 1,750/t and 1,800/t CFR .

Table 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
November, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

3.40

> 10 kg/pc

3.56

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1,8 kg/pc

1.70

1,8 – 3,4 kg/pc

1.75

> 3,4 kg/pc

1.80

Source: FIS.com

Tabla 6: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins,
in Spain, November, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.70

Simple

5.60

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.75

Simple

5.65

Source: FIS.com

Table 7: Prices of frozen frozen swordfish,
in Spain, November, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

13.00

Skin-on and boneless

11.50

Slice

7.40

H&G

25/50 kg

6.30

50/70 kg

6.10

70/100 kg

5.90

+ 100 kg

5.70

Source: FIS.com

On Mercabarna, during October, prices of fresh tuna and fresh swordfish declined because of a lower demand. In the case of albacore, it was due to the rise in supplies. There was a rise in fresh tope shark, as a consequence of a higher demand.

On Mercamadrid, in October, prices of bullet tuna and fresh swordfish declined. Those of fresh albacore, fresh headless tuna and fresh head-on tuna increased.

Table 8: Prices on the Spanish wholesale markets of Mercamadrid,
September-October 2017, in EUR/kg

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

October

September

Frozen

Head-on tuna

2.70

2.70

0

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Tope shark

3.31

3.31

0

Shortfin mako

4.06

4.06

0

Swordfish

7.50

7.50

0

Blue shark

3.31

3.31

0

Fresco

Skin-on tuna

6.38

6.13

4

Bigeye

5.49

5.50

-0

Bluefin tuna

21.00

21.00

0

Headless tune

7.48

6.98

7

Head-on albacore

8.52

8.04

6

Headless albacore

12.68

9.20

38

Tope shark

2.50

2.50

0

Shortfin mako

5.50

5.50

0

Bullet tuna

3.22

3.65

-12

Swordfish

18.14

18.73

-3

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

Source: Mercamadrid

France

The average price of northern albacore volumes was up EUR 0.18/kg at French ports, due to a higher demand.

Table 9: Average prices at French ports,
September-October 2017, in EUR/kg
.

Species

October

September

% of variation

Northern albacore

3.90

3.72

5

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

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

Table 10: Average prices at Italian ports,
September-October 2017, in EUR/kg
.

Product

October

September

% variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

3.74

6.12

2.71

4.34

38

41

Bullet tuna

3.44

6.88

3.58

7.15

-4

-4

Picked dogfish

3.43

3.58

2.34

3.35

47

7

Swordfish

10.75

21.00

11.30

22.22

-5

-5

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

Markets

European Union

Table 11: Imports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
–whole, H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-August 2017/2016

Product

Volume (t)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Albacore (Thunnus alalunga) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

10,112

13,497

67.86

1.592.49

Albacore (Thunnus alalunga), others

1,706

1,649

72.39

76.00

Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus alalunga) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

38,711

 

113.93

 

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares), others

76,456

49,809

227.41

246.30

Skipjack destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

21,310

14,868

21.42

27.16

Skipjack

37,950

29,893

34.82

37.24

Bigeye (Thunnus alalunga) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch (1)

4,872

2,527

32.05

58.41

Bigeye (Thunnus obesus)

11,499

5,735

62.86

124.07

Common tuna or Atlantic bluefin (Thunnus thynnus) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

8

3

13.89

17.30

Other common tuna or Atlantic bluefin (Thunnus thynnus)

110

68

38.46

55.56

Common tuna or Pacific bluefin (Thunnus orientalis) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

1,526

3

1.98

4.47

Other common tuna or Pacific bluefin (Thunnus orientalis)

4

19

24.34

13.36

Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

20

8

18.74

19.53

Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)

20,606

19,496

127.66

140.83

Total

224,889

137,575

124.07

283.57

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 12: Exports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
–whole, H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-August 2017/2016

Product

Volume (T)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Albacore (Thunnus alalunga) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

317

292

78.77

147

Albacore (Thunnus alalunga), others

1,326

2,389

141.19

161

Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus alalunga) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

36,104

 

71.14

 

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares), others

37,077

15,829

269.69

354

Skipjack destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

56,536

47,514

31.12

16

Skipjack

52,722

30,839

129.64

80

Bigeye (Thunnus alalunga) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch (1)

10,562

7,227

52.92

54

Bigeye (Thunnus obesus)

9,358

5,702

134.87

185

Common tuna or Atlantic bluefin (Thunnus thynnus) destined to the industrial manufacturing of products of 1604 batch

4

1

9.31

6

Other common tuna or Atlantic bluefin (Thunnus thynnus)

749

733

197.77

164

Other common tuna or Pacific bluefin (Thunnus orientalis)

4

6

5.16

7

Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

0

0

1.58

0.90

Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)

16,166

16,060

265.11

240.13

Total

220,925

126,591

125.06

115.94

Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

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