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Crab/Shellfish...

 
Report Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
 
 
 

This market reports focuses on catch volumes and harvests of shellfish in the European Union.

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 1

Product

Last report’s date

Total of beds

Closed beds

Mussels and oysters

01/05/2018

56

3

Pectinid molluscs –scallops, queen scallops and variegated scallops-

02/17/2017

16

7

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

11/16/2017

37

2

Scallop (beds allowed exclusively for gutting)

02/23/2017

16

5*

Source: Intecmar

* Out of the 16 existing beds, extraction of scallops is exclusively allowed for gutting in five of them.

On Galician markets, during December, total volumes of auctioned shellfish declined by 250 tonnes. The most important decline was reported by cockles. The most important increase was reported by manila clam.

In 2017, auctions amounted to almost 11,000 tonnes of shellfish, up 1,200 tonnes on those of 2016. The main species were manila clam with 3,100 tonnes, up 500 tonnes on those of 2016, and cockles with 2,900 tonnes, up 900 tonnes on those of last year.

Table 2: Shellfish auctions on Galician markets,
November-December 2017

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

December

November

Pullet carpet shell

166,685

110,505

51

Golden carpet shell

1,870

1,177

59

Grooved carpet shell

54,501

30,982

76

Banded carpet shell

55,117

75,053

-27

Manila clam

490,062

287,498

70

Cockle

499,611

919,305

-46

Edible crab

3,109

2,907

7

Warty venus

9,885

8,947

10

King crab

118,888

168,423

-29

Norway lobster

14,145

10,681

32

Sabre clam

 

4

-

Grooved razor shell

3,088

3,339

-8

European lobster

1,429

1,200

19

Razor shell

31,915

36,877

-13

Velvet swimcrab

21,403

22,304

-4

Flat oyster

9,074

9,836

-8

Pacific oyster

14,097

10,441

35

Sea urchin

83,968

121,446

-31

Barnacle

35,157

20,955

68

Little neck clam

38,215

22,412

71

European locust lobster

600

277

116

Queen scallop

37,188

74,245

-50

Variegated scallops

252

2,249

-89

Source: Consellería de Pesca. Xunta de Galicia

On Mercabarna, in December, total shellfish volumes increased by 203 tonnes, compared with the previous month. The most important rise was that in fresh oysters. The most important volumes were those of fresh mussel and fresh oyster.

On Mercamadrid, in December, total volume of shellfish increased by 81%, compared with the previous month. The most important increases were those in fresh mussels, fresh clams and fresh cockles. The most significant drop was registered in frozen mussels.

Table 3: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

December

November

Frozen

Cockles

110

7,502

-99

Frozen European lobster

745

4,322

-83

Ox crab

6,320

637

892

Spider crab

8,155

802

917

Large Norway lobster

834

406

105

Medium Norway lobster

7,510

3,661

105

Small Norway lobster

8,347

4,068

105

Lobster

202

548

-63

Lobster tails

49

136

-64

Mussels

 

22,040

-

Velvet swimcrab

4,471

225

1.887

Extra 5-7 cooked velvet swimcrab

6,706

337

1.890

Frozen barnacle

90

902

-90

Fresh

Farmed clams

73,425

38,257

92

Pullet carpet shell

32,634

17,004

92

Grooved carpet shell

8,159

4,248

92

Banded carpet shell

48,948

25,502

92

Large cockles

19,146

8,652

121

Medium cockles

28,718

12,980

121

Small cockles

15,955

7,211

121

Periwinkles

19,438

6,363

205

Large European lobster

15,056

9,216

63

Medium European lobster

22,585

13,824

63

Small European lobster

37,640

23,038

63

Live ox crab

39,450

46,944

-16

Sea crab

13,816

8,195

69

Dye murex

1,950

2,207

-12

Large snails

615

852

-28

Small snails

410

568

-28

Import spider crab

16,692

5,194

221

Large striped venus -Italy-

4,173

567

636

Large national striped venus

20,769

10,008

108

Small national striped venus

8,350

5,559

50

Small striped venus -Italy-

14,263

6,674

114

Large Norway lobster

960

886

8

Medium Norway lobster

3,834

3,538

8

Small Norway lobster

4,793

4,426

8

Lobsters

852

1,927

-56

Extra mussel

41,959

20,903

101

Large mussel

146,853

73,159

101

Regular mussel

230,772

114,965

101

Atlantic European razor shell

5,657

1,258

350

Razor shells

8,486

1,888

349

Import velvet swimcrab

38,168

22,174

72

Scallops

2,775

165

1.582

Extra oyster

3,142

367

756

Special oyster

4,711

551

755

Giant oyster

1,571

183

758

Super oyster

6,282

736

754

Import barnacle

5,576

2,384

134

National barnacle

2,386

421

467

General Total

994,508

548,580

81

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, in December, volumes declined in the case of European lobster, snail, Norway lobster and scallops. Total volumes of 2017 were higher than those of 2016.

Table 4: Volumes of shellfish landed in France

Species

Volume in 2017 (T)

Cumulative volume Jan/Dec (t)

December

November

% variation

2017

2016

% variation

European lobster

4

5

-12

127

71

79

Snail

158

256

-38

2,797

731

283

Norway lobster

45

100

-55

2,641

2,304

15

Scallops

1,830

2,116

-13

8,450

2,565

229

Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, shellfish volumen increased in the case of stone crab and declined in the rest of species during December. The main ports were Ancona, Goro and San Benedetto del Tronto.

Table 5: Volumes of shellfish landed at Italian ports

Species

Volume in 2017 (T)

Cumulative volume Jan/Dec (t)

December

November

% variation

2017

2016

% variation

Mediterranean crab

0

1

-65

8

22

-66

Dye murex

2

4

-50

47

56

-16

Striped venus

3

3

-7

35

44

-22

Norway lobster

4

5

-28

86

90

-5

Mantis shrimp

119

190

-37

662

720

-8

Swimming crab

4

2

122

53

62

-14

Mussels

3

3

-21

33

38

-12

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

Prices

Spain

On Galician markets, during December, the price of manila clam increased by EUR 1.00/kg, from that of November. That of cockles declined by EUR 1.89/kg, compared with November. The most important increases were those in barnacle and European locust lobster. The most significant drop was registered in cockles, one of the few species that reported a drop.

Table 6: Average prices at Galician markets auctions,
December-November 2017

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

December

November

Pullet carpet shell

16.98

15.39

10

European aurora venus

5.45

4.29

27

Grooved carpet shell

34.20

27.80

23

Banded carpet shell

10.20

8.63

18

Manila clam

9.34

8.34

12

Cockle

3.86

5.75

-33

Edible crab

7.64

4.07

88

Warty venus

5.49

3.93

40

King crab

10.26

7.31

40

Norway lobster

12.65

8.23

54

Sabre clam

 

10.58

-

Longueirón vello

8.35

5.76

45

European lobster

33.69

27.34

23

Razor shell

16.00

10.57

51

Velvet swimcrab

19.57

12.75

53

Flat oyster

5.48

5.61

-2

Pacific oyster

1.14

0.84

36

Sea urchin

7.86

6.10

29

Barnacle

47.29

27.64

71

Little neck clam

2.04

2.43

-16

European locust lobster

73.83

56.48

31

Queen scallop

4.20

3.65

15

Variegated scallops

6

5

30

 Source: Consellería de Pesca. Xunta de Galicia

On Mercabarna, prices of the most important species considering volumes remained in the case of mussels, increased in oysters and dropped slightly in rock mussel. In December, the most important drop was registered in European lobster, by EUR 0.48/kg. The most significant rises were registered in spiny lobster, by EUR 29.14/kg; Galician barnacle, by EUR 17.68/kg and fresh Norway lobster by EUR 12.59/kg.

On Mercamadrid, in December, prices of frozen shellfish remained stable. Fresh species registered a rise in national barnacle, by EUR 107.50/kg, compared with November. There was also an important increase in Norway lobster, grooved carpet shell, large European lobster, import velvet swimcrab and striped venus. The only drop was that in lobster.

Table 7: Average prices of shellfish on the Spanish market
of Mercamadrid

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

December

November

Frozen

Cockles

6.00

6.00

0

Frozen European lobster

16.50

16.50

0

Ox crab

6.61

6.61

0

Spider crab

5.50

5.50

0

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

Extra 5-7 cooked Velvet swimcrab

12.02

12.02

0

Frozen barnacle

-

-

-

Fresh

Farmed clams

13.77

12.50

10

Pullet carpet shell

26.64

21.00

27

Grooved carpet shell

55.64

32.00

74

Banded carpet shell

16.05

14.50

11

Large cockles

15.29

14.50

5

Medium cockles

8.64

8.20

5

Small cockles

6.14

5.50

12

Periwinkle

11

11

3

Large European lobster

41.00

24.50

67

Medium European lobster

21.57

19.50

11

Small European lobster

18.64

16.50

13

Live ox crab

11.38

6.42

77

Sea crab

4.20

4.20

0

Dye murex

9

9

0

Large snails

4.20

4.20

0

Small snails

1.80

1.80

0

Import spider crab

14.50

7.00

107

Large striped venus -Italy-

32.86

21.00

56

Large national Chirla striped venus

7.43

6.50

14

Small national striped venus

8

7

23

Small striped venus -Italy-

5.36

4.00

34

Large Norway lobster

113.11

55.00

106

Medium Norway lobster

47.61

28.50

67

Small Norway lobster

28.28

14.50

95

Lobsters

62.00

64.67

-4

Extra mussel

4

4

0

Large mussel

2.10

2.10

0

Regular mussell

1.60

1.60

0

Atlantic European razor shell

9.00

9.00

0

Razor shell

15.00

15.00

0

Import velvet swimcrab

23.56

11.38

107

Scallops

2.10

2.10

0

Extra oyster

0.30

0.30

0

Special oyster

0

0

0

Giant oyster

0.15

0.15

0

Super oyster

0.09

0.09

0

Import barnacle

39.50

38.50

3

National barnacle

187.50

80.00

134

Source: Mercamadrid

France

On French first-sale markets, prices increased in the main species due to a drop i supplies.

Table 8: First-sale prices of shellfish species in France,
December and November 2017, in €/kg.

Species

December

November

% variation

European lobster

34.27

24.84

38

Snail

3.42

3.04

13

Norway lobster

23.27

16.35

42

Scallops

3.89

3.66

6

Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, in Decembrer, prices dropped in the case of stone crab, striped venus, snails, spider crab and mussels. There was a rise in the rest of species.

Table 9: Average prices of shellfish species at Italian ports,
December and November 2017, in EUR/kg.

Item

December

November

% variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

European lobster

28.19

29.84

25.26

27.51

12

8

Mediterranean crab

19.28

28.95

16.97

23.99

14

21

Dye murex

0.83

1.37

0.58

1.29

45

6

Snail

4.94

6.31

5.58

6.25

-11

1

European spider crab

1.69

2.41

1.82

2.51

-7

-4

Striped venus

3.62

7.14

4.34

7.91

-17

-10

Norway lobster

39.08

43.34

31.12

34.20

26

27

Mantis shrimp

4.30

8.65

3.16

6.74

36

28

Swimming crab

2.22

3.92

3.42

4.90

-35

-20

Lobster

57.13

58.30

36.85

36.90

55

58

Mussel

3.51

7.02

3.51

7.06

0

-1

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

Market

European Union

Table 10: Imports of shellfish in the European Union,
January-October 2017- 2016

Product

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Flat oysters (genus Ostrea), live, in shells, 40 g or below/unit

1,501

2,284

6.93

6.27

Other live oysters

8,112

7,156

7.52

23.92

Mussels (Mytilus spp.), live, fresh or chilled

71,137

77,530

2.73

4.04

Mussels (Perna spp.), live, fresh or chilled

1,063

1,999

4.01

4.24

Clams, cockles and arkshells (Arcidae, Arcticidae, Cardiidae, Donacidae, Hiatellidae, Mactridae, Mesodesmatidae, Myidae, Semelidae, Solecurtidae, Solenidae, Tridacnidae and Veneridae) live, fresh or chilled

14,850

13,941

61.83

50.48

  Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 11: Exports of shellfish in the European Union,
January-October 2017- 2016

Product

Volume (t)

Average price (€/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Flat oysters (genus Ostrea), live, in shells, 40 g or below/unit

6,365

4,169

13.21

16

Other live oysters

17,822

9,959

9.32

9

Mussels (Mytilus spp.), live, fresh or chilled

65,045

75,695

5.21

7

Mussels (Perna spp.), live, fresh or chilled

503

455

6.29

6

Clams, cockles and arkshells (Arcidae, Arcticidae, Cardiidae, Donacidae, Hiatellidae, Mactridae, Mesodesmatidae, Myidae, Semelidae, Solecurtidae, Solenidae, Tridacnidae and Veneridae) live, fresh or chilled

22,927

18,534

8.34

26

  Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

By Juan Murias

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