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Scallop processing to be exported. (Photo: Acuapesca/FIS)

Global scallop market shows remarkable development

Tuesday, August 02, 2011, 22:50 (GMT + 9)

It is likely that the scallop is the most acceptable bivalve in great demand in the world. At least, that is what statistics show.

The United States must be ahead in terms of sale volumes. In the first five months of 2011, the country imported about 15,800 tonnes of fresh, frozen, preserved scallops (Pecten, Chlamys and Placopecten) for roughly USD 150 million. And it exported 5,000 tonnes for about USD 73.0 million.

The import business grew 15 per cent compared to the same period in 2010 and exports grew by 40 per cent (due to the re-export of imported scallops besides the export of some of the country’s own production).

From ASEAN group Thailand, a small producer exporting 600 tonnes in the first half of 2011 and importing 500 tonnes, has stood out from the rest. It is striking to notice there is little difference between import and export volumes. This is because producing countries only capture and/or farm some of the many scallop species that exist, but also consume others, so they must import them. This also occurs due to the specimen sizes.

What is remarkable about this market is that in 2011 the exported amounts increased by 110 per cent compared to 2010.

Japan prefers to import products from scallops rather than frozen scallops. In the first half of 2011 this country imported about 4,000 tonnes against 3,000 tonnes in the same period in 2010, generating a business of over USD 30.8 million in the first half of the year.

Japan also exports fresh scallops from their own production: 400 tonnes were exported in the first half of the year, which generated an income of about USD 2.2 million.

In the South Pacific, Chile exported 400 tonnes of scallops (Argopecten purpuratus) between January and May 2011 for about USD 5.1 million. They were sent to 18 countries, which included France, UK, Brazil and Denmark.

Peru exported about 4,500 tonnes of Peruvian scallops (Argopecten purpuratus), for about USD 50 million in the first half of this year. The destination markets were 21 countries, among which were France, US, Belgium, Italy and Canada.

In the South Atlantic the presence of the Patagonian scallop (Zygochlamys patagonica) is remarkable, which is a well known product in the US despite its small size, from 60/80 to 220/up.

Thanks to the sustainability care of the species taken by the Argentine marine research authorities, fisheries continue producing their quality products without diminishing.

In the first half of 2011, Argentina exported over 3,100 tonnes of frozen scallop tripe (callos) worth USD 32.4 million. France, Canada and the US were the major destinations.

The reader can find more details on this bivalve marketing as well as home values in the Seafood Market Report published by FIS on Tuesday 2 August.

By Ignacio Bayley Bustamante




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