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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
 
 
 

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

 
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)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Prices

The average price at Japan Customs of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000) in April was JPY 1,568/kg, up 10% on that of March and down 34% on that of April 2014. In the first four months, the average was JPY 1,733/kg, down 3% on that of the same period last year.

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. Apr/15 Mar/15

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR. Apr/15 Apr/14

April 15

March 15

April 14

Spain

3,050

-

-

3,344

-9%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

3,132

3,159

-1%

3,019

+4%

Turkey

-

2,112

-

3,277

-

Croatia

-

1,696

-

2,878

-

Mexico

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Customs

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

Source: Customs

Markets

In the analysed month, imports reached 697 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 1,093 million at Japanese Customs, up 104% in volume and 125% in value on those of the previous month and 740% and 452% respectively on those of April 2014.

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

Source: Customs

During the period, imports reached 3,246 tonnes, worth JPY 5,613 million, up 9% in volume and 6% in value on those of the previous year.

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

Source: Japan Customs

Taiwan was the main origin of Japanese frozen southern bluefin imports, with 289 tonnes. Those of northern bluefin came mainly from Mëxico and reported 2,442 tonnes.

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin to Japan,
January-April 2015, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

The European Union and the Liberian Republic have signed a fishery agreement which provides 6,500 tonnes of tuna volumes for the EU vessels.

Spain

Incoming volumes declined in the case of fresh albacore, fresh shortfin mako and fresh blue shark on Mercamadrid, during week 24. Those of frozen albacore, frozen shortfin mako, frozen swordfish and fresh swordfish increased.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 23 and 24

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 24

Week 23

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

20,028

13,428

49

Frozen

Skinless bonito

5,007

3,357

49

Frozen

Shortfin mako

3,000

 

-

Frozen

Swordfish

40,613

26,900

51

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

316

718

-56

Fresh

Skinless bonito

1,254

2,872

-56

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

700

-

Fresh

Swordfish

56,569

23,796

138

Fresh

Blue shark

 

1,200

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 24, volumes declined in the case of Atlantic albacore and picked dogfish.  Those of bullet tuna and swordfish increased. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 23 and 24, in kg

Species

Week 24

Week 23

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

758

965

-22

Bullet tuna

1,115

790

41

Picked dogfish

16

21

-24

Swordfish

836

650

29

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Bangkok remained at USD 1,520/t. In the Pacific, prices increased to USD 1,150/t due to the drop in supplies.

Spain

In Spain prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 1500/t EXW Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 1,750/t EXW Spain. The demand is still low in the canning sector.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 25, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Count

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

1.65

> 10 kg/pc

1.70

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.90

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.15

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 25, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

7.00

Simple

6.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.70

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish in Spain,
week 25, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

8.00

Skin-on and boneless

6.70

Slice

5.60

H&G

25/50 kg

6.20

50/70 kg

6.10

70/100 kg

5.90

+ 100 kg

5.80

Source: FIS.com

On Mercamadrid, the prices of fresh albacore increased due to the drop in supplies. Those for the rest of the species remained stable.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 24 and 23, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 24

Week 23

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.06

 

-

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

9.10

7.90

15

Fresh

Skinless bonito

11.50

8.50

35

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

5.50

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18.50

18.50

0

Fresh

Blue shark

 

5.50

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

Prices on Italian first-sale markets increased in the case of swordfish and declined in the rest of tunid and squaliform species.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 24 and 23, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 24

Week 23

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

7.68

10.02

7.52

11.53

2

-13

Bullet tuna

4.08

8.00

4.30

8.40

-5

-5

Picked dogfish

8.07

10.86

10.17

12.19

-21

-11

Swordfish

14.18

18.60

10.80

21.60

31

-14

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

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) by
the European Union countries, January-April 2015/2014

Country of origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

The Seychelles

6,305

11,988

1.68

1.83

Philippines

3,536

12,845

1.93

2.01

Panama

3,190

7,184

1.79

2.03

South Korea

4,390

4,055

2.26

3.99

Spain

1,584

6,608

3.52

4.30

Senegal

651

6,625

2.23

1.82

Guatemala

3,618

3,654

1.80

1.87

Republic of Cabo Verde

3,176

3,130

1.71

1.15

Curaçao

2,471

3,715

1.56

1.81

France

114

5,428

15.18

6.61

Mexico

1,130

4,378

2.25

2.18

Thailand

1,236

2,179

3.71

3.55

Vietnam

856

2,399

3.49

3.28

Portugal

13

3,156

4.37

3.05

Mauritius

2,118

294

1.75

2.03

Indonesia

114

2,132

2.61

2.16

Undetermined territories

1,434

740

1.46

2.03

China

591

1,139

2.15

2.00

Papua New Guinea

848

674

1.89

2.26

Ghana

166

1,152

1.92

2.18

Ecuador

648

668

1.88

2.18

Belice

157

829

1.58

2.03

Italy

0

917

5.45

5.03

India

112

673

2.52

2.67

Colombia

 

456

 

2.05

Nicaragua

421

 

1.74

 

Peru

279

85

2.49

3.36

South Africa

51

228

2.50

2.06

United States

239

 

1.71

 

Surinam

105

112

2.67

3.39

Maldive Islands

 

89

 

2.60

Others

74

177

8.91

7.12

Total

39,624

87,707

2.06

2.66

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) by
the European Union countries, January-April 2015/2014

Destination country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Spain

5,530

19,029

2.24

1.80

The Seychelles

7,560

15,501

1.50

1.51

Mauritius

7,707

11,172

1.27

1.43

Italy

1,484

3,914

4.65

4.19

Thailand

1,045

4,297

1.16

1.31

Ivory coast

3,651

1,253

1.63

1.79

Madagascar

901

3,994

0.98

1.36

Ghana

3,206

74

1.50

1.06

El Salvador

263

2,808

1.47

1.60

Ecuador

1,305

1,378

1.51

1.40

Vietnam

1,955

 

1.78

 

Colombia

 

1,757

 

1.84

Turkey

271

1,329

1.66

1.06

Portugal

181

1,397

3.43

3.02

France

18

1,417

6.80

4.85

Kenya

 

820

 

1.91

Republic of Cabo Verde

203

506

1.74

1.54

Tunisia

 

694

 

0.72

Croatia

69

345

3.35

2.69

Netherlands

6

269

13.86

7.35

Denmark

39

15

12.80

22.73

Mauritania

52

 

0.95

 

South Korea

41

 

2.49

 

Serbia

21

19

1.71

2.56

Angola

1

38

9.87

4.20

Germany

14

24

5.64

6.17

Sweden

7

22

9.86

12.37

Ireland

17

10

4.53

8.55

Romania

3

17

8.51

10.23

United Kingdom

1

15

6.71

6.39

Cyprus

1

11

11.51

8.58

Others

13

65

8.81

8.44

Total

35,562

72,189

1.75

1.85

  Source: Eurostat

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