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Crab/Shellfish...

 
Report Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
 
 
 

This market reports focuses on catch volumes and harvests of shellfish in the European Union. This market reports focuses on fishing bans, prices, inventories, markets, imports and exports of the species mentioned.

EUROPE

European Union

Barnacle (Pollicipes cornucopia)
Spider crab (Maja squinado)
Norway lobster (Nephrops novergicus)
Cockle (Cerastoderma edule)
Manila clam (Ruditapes philippinarum)
Banded carpet shell (Venerupis rhomboides)
Grooved carpet shell (Ruditapes decussatus)
Pullet carpet shell (Venerupis pullastra)
Edible crab (Cancer pagurus)
Razor shell (Ensis ensis)
Mature dosinica (Dosinia exoleta)
Velvet swimcrab (Necora publer)
Warty venus (Venus verrucosa)

Catch volumes

Spain

Table 1: Situation of biotoxins in Galician estuaries
according to Intecmar (the Galician Technological Institute
for the Control of the Marine Environment
), week 17

Product

Last report’s date

Total of beds

Closed beds

Mussels and oysters

04/22/2017

56

18

Pectinid molluscs –scallops, queen scallops and variegated scallops-

02/17/2017

16

7

Infaunal molluscs - clams, cockles, razor shells, etc-

04/20/2017

37

4

Scallop (beds allowed exclusively for gutting)

02/23/2017

16

5*

Source: Intecmar

* Out of the 16 beds, extraction of scallops is allowed for gutting only in 5.

On Galician markets, in March, the most important increases were those in manila clam, sea urchin, razor shell and pullet carpet shell volumes. The most important declines were reported by scallops and queen scallops.

Table 2: Auctions on Galician markets,
March-February 2017

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

March

February

Pullet carpet shell

57,154

40,399

41

European aurora venus

1,894

1,284

47

Grooved carpet shell

27,507

22,816

21

Banded carpet shell

32,144

25,660

25

Manila clam

207,661

173,443

20

Cockle

211,212

201,890

5

Edible crab

1,335

1,137

17

Warty venus

3,726

4,860

-23

King crab

16,819

22,340

-25

Norway lobster

5,245

3,123

68

Sabre clam

119

3

-

Razor clam (Solen marginatus)

3,446

2,000

72

European lobster

831

968

-14

Razor shell

38,350

17,230

123

Velvet swimcrab

0

3

-

Flat oyster

13,697

9,508

44

Pacific oyster

3,408

512

566

Sea urchin

138,043

107,275

29

Barnacle

19,792

12,989

52

Mature dosinica

18,268

20,471

-11

European locust lobster

0

0

-

Scallop

0

20,107

-

Queen scallop

14,351

30,032

-52

Variegated scallops

938

1,236

-24

 Source: Consellería de Pesca. Xunta de Galicia

On the wholesale market of Mercabarna, during March, supplies of frozen shellfish species rose by 18%. That of fresh products increased by 21%. The most important rises were those in fresh mussels, fresh sea crab, fresh striped venus and fresh oyster. Among the few species that reported a drop, farmed clam was the one with the most important decline.

On Mercamadrid, during March, the most important declines were registered in fresh mussel and fresh clam, especially farmed. The most important rises were those in frozen cockles and fresh razor shell.

Table 3: Prices on the wholesale market of Mercamadrid

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

March

February

Frozen

Cockle

5,287

1,076

391

Frozen European lobster

921

819

12

Edible crab

537

545

-1

Spider crab

837

752

11

Striped venus

 

1,380

-

Large Norway lobster

271

67

304

Medium Norway lobster

2,436

609

300

Small Norway lobster

2,707

675

301

Lobster

2,501

587

326

Lobster tails

625

146

328

Mussels

 

1,117

-

Velvet swimcrab

315

297

6

Cooked extra velvet swimcrab 5-7

472

445

6

Frozen barnacle

638

272

135

Fresh

Farmed clams

27979,00

35492,00

-21

Pullet carpet shell

12,436

15,774

-21

Grooved carpet shell

3,106

3,945

-21

Banded carpet shell

18,654

23,662

-21

Large cockle

4,203

3,957

6

Medium-sized cockle

6,310

5,934

6

Small cockle

3,506

3,299

6

Periwinkles

7,468

7,806

-4

Large European lobster

657

910

-28

Medium-sized European lobster

986

1,362

-28

Small European lobster

1,643

2,273

-28

Live ox crab

11,166

13,136

-15

Sea crab

7,349

6,541

12

Spinous murex

3,155

2,907

9

Large snails

1,266

260

387

Small snails

420

86

388

Import spider crab

7,889

4,761

66

Large spider crab - Galicia

885

840

5

Large striped venus - Italy

9,853

10,962

-10

Small national striped venus

2,186

 

-

Small striped venus - Italy

18,199

20,361

-11

Large Norway lobster

 

375

-

Medium Norway lobster

 

1,500

-

Small Norway lobster

 

1,874

-

Lobsters

254

876

-71

Extra mussels

16,660

22,215

-25

Large mussels

58,317

77,750

-25

Normal mussel

91,639

122,181

-25

Atlantic European razor shell

2,696

884

205

Razor shell

4,045

1,326

205

Import velvet swimcrab

8,041

8,544

-6

Scallops

1,452

1,950

-26

Extra oyster

418

196

113

Small oyster

629

297

112

Giant oyster

209

101

107

Super oyster

837

393

113

Import barnacle

2,422

2,878

-16

National barnacle

605

722

-16

Warty venus

500

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during March, volumes of the all species analysed increased. The most significant rise was that in scallops.

Table 4: Volumes of pelagic species landed in France

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume Jan/Mar (t)

March

February

% of variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% of variation

European lobster

8

3

172

13

n/d

-

Snails

335

298

13

728

n/d

-

Norway lobster

262

138

90

511

215

138

Scallop

1,235

594

108

2,548

n/d

-

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, volumes of shellfish landed in March increased mostly in mantis shrimp and stone crab. Those of mussels and spider crab declined. The main ports were those of Goro, Ancona and Aci Trezza.

Table 5: Volumes of pelagic species landed at Italian ports

Species

Volumes in 2017 (t)

Cumulative volume Jan/Mar (t)

March

February

% of variation

Year 2017

Year 2016

% of variation

European lobster

0

0

-

0

0

-

Mediterranean crab

3

0

733

3

2

15

Dye murex

3

2

87

7

10

-33

Snails

0

0

-

0

0

-86

European spider crab

1

2

-38

3

2

70

Striped venus

3

3

3

9

12

-25

Norway lobster

9

8

17

20

17

19

Mantis shrimp

25

21

22

91

177

-49

Swimming crab

5

3

54

10

14

-29

Lobster

0

0

-

0

0

-

Mussels

2

3

-33

7

11

-31

Pelican’s foot

1

0

506

1

2

-27

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

Prices

Spain

The price of fresh mussel in origin was still at EUR 0.80/kg in February, slightly down on the average registered in 2016. The price of fresh striped venus averaged EUR 5.00/kg by mid-February, much higher than those registered in the last eight years.

On Galician markets, in March, the most important drops were those in razor shell, grooved carpet shell and golden carpet shell volumes. In the three cases, they were due to a rise in supplies. The most important increases were those in barnacle and spider crab, due to a higher demand, followed by European lobster, because of a drop in supplies.

Table 6: Average prices at auction on Galician markets,
February-March 2017

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

March

February

Pullet carpet shell

15.47

15.99

-3

European aurora venus

4.63

6.74

-31

Grooved carpet shell

25.26

28.13

-10

Banded carpet shell

8.01

7.82

2

Manila clam

7.73

7.39

5

Cockle

3.87

3.33

16

Edible crab

6.97

5.93

18

Warty venus

2.41

2.49

-3

King crab

14.56

12.54

16

Norway lobster

14.54

11.56

26

Sabre clam

13.46

15.00

-10

Razor clam (Solen marginatus)

3.98

5.63

-29

European lobster

27.09

24.43

11

Razor shell

9.03

13.60

-34

Velvet swimcrab

-

7.00

-

Flat oyster

4.97

4.91

1

Pacific oyster

1.31

0.80

64

Sea urchin

6.35

5.57

14

Barnacle

29.72

25.56

16

Mature dosinica

2.20

1.96

12

European locust lobster

-

-

-

Scallop

-

4.36

-

Queen scallop

4

3

36

Variegated scallops

9.09

9.95

-9

 Source: Consellería de Pesca. Xunta de Galicia

On Mercabarna, the most important increases in prices were registeredin fresh velvet swimcrab and fresh European lobster. The most important drops were those of farmed fresh clams, fresh spiny lobster and fresh barnacle.

On Mercamadrid, in March, prices remained stable in all frozen species. Among fresh species, there was a rise in import velvet swimcrab, European lobster, spider crab and national striped venus.

Table 7: Average prices of shellfish on Mercamadrid

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

March

February

Frozen

Cockle

6.00

6.00

0

Frozen European lobster

-

-

-

Edible crab

6.61

6.61

0

Spider crab

5.50

5.50

0

Striped venus

 

1.50

-

Large Norway lobster

38.50

38.50

0

Medium Norway lobster

21.50

21.50

0

Small Norway lobster

10.82

10.82

0

Lobster

28.85

28.85

0

Lobster tails

44.17

44.17

0

Mussels

 

5.26

-

Velvet swimcrab

9.62

9.62

0

Cooked extra velvet swimcrab 5-7

12.02

12.02

0

Frozen barnacle

-

-

-

Fresh

Farmed clams

12.50

12.50

0

Pullet carpet shell

28.50

28.50

0

Grooved carpet shell

34.50

34.50

0

Banded carpet shell

18.50

18.50

0

Large cockle

14.50

14.50

0

Medium-sized cockle

8.20

8.20

0

Small cockle

6

6

0

Periwinkles

10.50

10.50

0

Large European lobster

36.00

34.00

6

Medium-sized European lobster

32.00

24.00

33

Small European lobster

21.50

18.50

16

Live ox crab

6.00

6.00

0

Sea crab

4

4

0

Spinous murex

8.50

8.50

0

Large snails

4.60

4.60

0

Small snails

2.10

2.10

0

Import spider crab

9.00

7.20

25

Large spider crab - Galicia

24.50

21.50

14

Large striped venus - Italy

7

6

13

Small national striped venus

4.20

 

-

Small striped venus - Italy

4.50

3.75

20

Large Norway lobster

 

52.00

-

Medium Norway lobster

 

30.00

-

Small Norway lobster

 

14.50

-

Lobsters

66

66

0

Extra mussels

3.50

3.50

0

Large mussels

2.10

2.10

0

Normal mussel

1.60

1.60

0

Atlantic European razor shell

9.00

9.00

0

Razor shell

14.50

14.50

0

Import velvet swimcrab

23.50

12.50

88

Scallops

2.10

2.10

0

Extra oyster

0

0

0

Small oyster

0.11

0.11

0

Giant oyster

0.15

0.15

0

Super oyster

0.09

0.09

0

Import barnacle

40.50

40.50

0

National barnacle

150.00

150.00

0

Warty venus

6.31

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

Prices of snail, European lobster and scallops rose at first sales on French markets, due to the higher demand. Those of Norway lobster dropped due to the rise in supplies.

Table 8: Quotes of pelagic species at first sales in France,
March-February 2017, in EUR/kg

Species

March

February

% of variation

European lobster

25.85

22.56

15

Snails

2.28

2.03

12

Norway lobster

11.72

13.68

-14

Scallop

3.74

3.31

13

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, in March, prices declined mainly in Mediterranean crab, Norway lobster and striped venus. The most important rises were those in pelican’s foot and dye murex.

Table 9: Average prices at Italian first-sale ports,
March-February 2017, in EUR/kg

Product

March

February

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Mediterranean crab

9.02

17.70

15.94

26.10

-43

-32

Dye murex

1.62

2.19

0.96

1.35

70

62

Snails

3.03

3.03

-

-

-

-

European spider crab

1.43

2.24

1.17

2.13

23

5

Striped venus

3.77

7.08

4.52

8.31

-17

-15

Norway lobster

27.49

31.78

28.60

32.79

-4

-3

Mantis shrimp

9.30

12.80

9.14

12.60

2

2

Swimming crab

2.70

4.42

3.00

4.73

-10

-7

Mussels

3.65

6.88

3.25

6.50

12

6

Pelican’s foot

1.85

5.46

0.78

2.11

138

159

Mediterranean crab

9.02

17.70

15.94

26.10

-43

-32

Dye murex

1.62

2.19

0.96

1.35

70

62

Snails

3.03

3.03

-

-

-

-

European spider crab

1.43

2.24

1.17

2.13

23

5

Striped venus

3.77

7.08

4.52

8.31

-17

-15

Norway lobster

27.49

31.78

28.60

32.79

-4

-3

Mantis shrimp

9.30

12.80

9.14

12.60

2

2

Swimming crab

2.70

4.42

3.00

4.73

-10

-7

Mussels

3.65

6.88

3.25

6.50

12

6

Pelican’s foot

1.85

5.46

0.78

2.11

138

159

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

Market

European Union

Table 10: Imports of frozen Norway lobster
(Nephrops norvegicus)
by the EU, January-December 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

United Kingdom

5,584

2,024

10.63

11.92

Ireland

3,169

1,780

9.40

5.76

Vietnam

1,533

1,308

1.68

1.73

Netherlands

2,163

520

7.12

8.95

China

1,307

1,146

3.32

5.12

India

1,010

851

2.07

2.20

Iceland

823

858

18.59

13.84

Denmark

1,449

149

11.64

12.24

Spain

459

193

10.77

10.29

Morocco

165

104

21.96

19.64

France

91

7

13.71

10.28

Thailand

25

47

3.69

3.62

Belgium

42

20

22.06

11.38

Italy

46

6

32.60

26.73

Portugal

46

6

12.42

6.46

Myanmar

 

30

 

2.48

Tunisia

14

15

21.23

16.18

Undefined territories

23

 

3.52

 

Estonia

 

20

 

0.55

Germany

14

4

17.61

7.07

Croatia

14

1

23.24

26.78

Brazil

11

0

12.45

17.10

Other (16)

17

13

11.33

12.77

Total

18,006

9,105

8.88

7.47

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 11: Exports of frozen Norway lobster
(Nephrops norvegicus) by the EU, January-December 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Italy

6,390

4,767

13.20

10.22

Spain

4,604

2,661

17.03

17.21

France

1,450

1,232

12.49

9.74

India

1,434

1,128

6.67

7.66

China

1,146

866

12.22

7.50

United Kingdom

445

950

18.41

9.74

Croatia

224

214

10.04

9.04

Ireland

223

191

35.17

17.04

Denmark

240

166

9.53

7.33

United States

96

54

17.77

10.62

Netherlands

56

91

9.73

6.14

Iceland

77

33

12.30

14.88

Slovenia

61

34

17.68

8.82

Greece

65

19

11.80

11.96

Germany

49

27

22.84

13.45

Belgium

56

20

42.50

23.66

Thailand

32

24

6.20

6.76

Japan

47

8

12.96

12.97

Switzerland

35

20

18.77

11.22

Australia

49

 

15.23

 

Sweden

36

4

8.87

9.16

Myanmar

 

40

 

7.83

Norway

21

11

7.56

5.67

United Arab Emirates

20

8

15.83

13.20

Albany

14

12

10.10

8.60

Hong Kong

15

7

21.77

22.66

Portugal

16

6

16.46

14.38

Singapore

15

6

19.93

16.92

Andorra

10

9

16.21

14.35

Dominican Republic

12

3

18.76

12.97

Other (52)

82

31

18.92

14.31

Total

17,018

12,643

14.07

11.26

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

By Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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