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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
 
 
 

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 and Thunnus orientalis)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Prices

The average CIF price of fresh bluefin imported by Japan in March was JPY 1,148/kg, down 30% on that of the previous month and 28% on that of March 2015. In January-March, the average was JPY 1,375/kg, down 9% on that of 2015.

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

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Variation

Mar 16

Feb 16

Mar 15

Mar/16 Feb/16

Mar/16 Mar/15

Spain

2,266

3,174

2,634

-29%

-14%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

2,637

-

2,510

-

+5%

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

United States

2,600

2,988

3,897

-13%

-33%

Mexico

1,744

1,726

1,644

+1%

+6%

Australia (SBFT)

-

-

-

-29%

-14%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Average price at Customs of fresh bluefin
Japanese imports, 2012/2016, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

During March, about 1,261 tonnes of fresh bluefin were imported, worth JPY 1,447 million at Japan Customs.

These figures are up 138% in volume and 67% in value on those registered during the previous month. Compared with March 2013, imports grew 157% in volume and 86% in value. Volumes from Korea registered 639 tonnes at JPY 573/kg. Those from Mexico reported 442 tonnes at JPY 1,744/kg.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin,
2012/2016

Source: Customs

During the first three months of the year, imports reported 2,339 tonnes and JPY 3,202 million, up 120% in volume and 100% in value on those of the same period in 2015.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of
fresh northern bluefin, 2012 – 2016, in tonnes

Source: Japan Customs

In the two months, the main origin of Japanese imports of northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and/or Thunnus orientalis) was Mexico with 1,178 tonnes and JPY 2,034 million, followed by Korea with 778 tonnes and JPY 437 million.

Graph 4: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of
fresh southern bluefin, 2012 – 2016, in tonnes

Source: Japan Customs

The main supplier of southern bluefin was Indonesia, with 154 tonnes worth JPY 162 million.

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, during week 20, supplies of frozen albacore, fresh albacore and fresh blue shark declined. Thsoe of frozen swordfish and fresh and frozen shortfin mako increased. The most significant variation was the rise reported by fresh and frozen swordfish.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 20

Week 19

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

13,438

19,127

-30

284

304

-7

Frozen

Skinless bonito

7,612

16,464

-54

206

149

38

Frozen

Shortfin mako

5,030

300

-

43

48

-11

Frozen

Swordfish

50,937

37,944

34

1,010

1,129

-11

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

13,438

19,127

-30

284

304

-7

Fresh

Skinless bonito

7,612

16,464

-54

206

149

38

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5,030

300

-

43

48

-11

Fresh

Swordfish

50,937

37,944

34

1,010

1,129

-11

Fresh

Blue shark

700

2,200

-68

4

23

-84

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 20, volumes of albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish increased. Volumes of picked dogfish were few. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 3: Volumes traded at Italian ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 20

Week 19

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

700

355

97

10

8

19

Bullet tuna

750

400

88

19

16

18

Picked dogfish

8

19

-58

0

1

-88

Swordfish

635

400

59

10

8

29

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,650/kg.

Spain

In Spain, the price of yellowfin stayed at EUR 2,300/t EXW Spain. The price of skipjack > 10 kg remained at EUR 1,300/t EXW Spain.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 20, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.20

> 10 kg/pc

2.30

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.30

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.45

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.50

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins,
in Spain, week 20, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.40

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.60

Simple

4.10

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 20, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

12.50

Skin-on and boneless

11.10

Slice

7.00

H&G

25/50 kg

5.80

50/70 kg

5.70

70/100 kg

5.60

+ 100 kg

5.40

Source: FIS.com

Prices of fresh and frozen shortfin mako increased on Mercamadrid during week 20, due to a higher demand. That of albacore declined due to the lower demand. That of swordfish also dropped due to the rise in supplies.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 20 and 19 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 20

Week 19

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

4.27

4.76

-10

Frozen

Skinless bonito

5.14

5.68

-10

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.30

4.06

6

Frozen

Swordfish

14.84

15.88

-7

Frozen

Blue shark

3.31

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4.27

4.76

-10

Fresh

Skinless bonito

5.14

5.68

-10

Fresh

Shortfin mako

4.30

4.06

6

Fresh

Swordfish

14.84

15.88

-7

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, the average prices of swordfish declined due to the rise in supplies. The quotes of bullet tuna and Atlantic albacore increased due to a higher demnand.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 20 and 19 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 20

Week 19

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

2.35

3.85

2.13

4.13

10

-7

Bullet tuna

3.50

7.00

3.25

6.50

8

8

Picked dogfish

3.37

3.87

7.91

8.56

-57

-55

Swordfish

2.63

5.13

5.50

11.00

-52

-53

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

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of canned tuna, skipjack and albacore
(Sarda spp.) by the EU, January-March 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Ecuador

42,162

14,820

3.66

4.05

Spain

18,039

10,626

5.23

4.06

Thailand

15,533

12,419

4.96

4.61

Mauritius

14,723

11,210

3.96

4.19

The Seychelles

13,261

8,654

4.62

5.07

Philippines

9,404

11,521

3.54

3.37

Indonesia

10,928

9,007

3.16

3.86

China

6,410

9,739

2.96

2.84

Ghana

9,113

6,380

4.96

5.52

Ivory coast

9,041

6,126

3.81

3.74

Papua New Guinea

6,246

6,413

3.72

3.94

Vietnam

5,224

5,507

3.76

3.12

Netherlands

6,674

3,997

8.77

5.20

El Salvador

2,974

2,969

4.59

5.07

Italy

3,681

1,993

5.70

6.23

Colombia

2,084

2,240

3.85

4.84

Madagascar

1,977

2,146

3.94

3.75

Salomon Islands

2,378

1,050

4.71

4.34

Germany

2,215

1,090

5.12

4.82

Guatemala

1,205

1,352

3.71

5.14

Portugal

1,717

532

6.58

4.73

France

741

681

7.60

5.74

United Kingdom

887

486

63.41

6.00

Peru

325

983

3.22

4.76

Republic of Green Cape

1,073

118

5.20

6.07

Maldive Islands

815

370

4.96

4.70

Belgium

408

336

7.79

4.00

Kenya

 

713

 

4.68

Senegal

214

438

4.02

3.50

Taiwan

 

599

 

4.05

Ireland

321

143

6.66

12.69

Others

1,557

806

7.52

6.74

Total

191,330

135,461

4.66

4.20

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 10: Exports of canned tuna, skipjack and albacore
(Sarda spp.) by the EU, January-March 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Italy

7,485

2,558

5.74

5.97

Germany

6,122

738

6.96

8.60

France

4,766

1,145

5.76

4.86

Portugal

2,640

1,003

6.69

6.26

United Kingdom

2,210

957

9.88

7.78

Algeria

1,552

1,306

3.80

3.88

Belgium

1,691

635

6.34

5.76

Melilla

1,284

937

3.06

3.03

Spain

1,107

655

4.07

3.88

Ireland

986

708

6.79

4.92

Ceuta

955

550

3.78

4.22

Saudi Arabia

1,051

423

5.82

6.02

Switzerland

629

446

8.17

8.62

Chile

497

439

6.42

6.70

Greece

838

33

6.84

5.82

Mozambique

504

352

5.71

4.87

Libya

201

527

5.68

5.64

Canada

434

287

10.45

7.79

Czech Republic

565

89

7.74

10.68

Austria

503

136

9.77

7.65

Slovenia

554

84

5.37

4.78

Slovaquia

453

168

26.12

8.38

Netherlands

435

151

7.22

8.29

Poland

347

188

8.07

9.33

Hungary

424

93

6.25

8.24

United States

250

169

9.04

8.03

United Arab Emirates

282

126

8.35

6.97

Finland

253

102

5.57

6.76

Lithuania

314

42

36.03

6.66

Albany

208

143

4.45

4.95

Mauritania

246

103

10.02

6.07

Others

3,314

1,459

9.23

9.59

Total

43,099

16,752

6.97

6.17

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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