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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
 

 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in the European Union and American waters. It also highlights prices, inventories, markets, imports and exports of species detailed in the following index.

 

INDEX

 
1. EUROPE
1.1 European Union - Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 
2. NORTH AMERICA
2.1 USA – Swordfish
 

 

1. EUROPE

1.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercabarna, during week 34, the most important drops were those in fresh tuna, frozen tope shark and fresh swordfish. The most important rise was that of fresh shortfin mako.

Supplies declined in frozen blue shark and rose in the rest of tunid and squaliform species on Mercamadrid during week 34. The most important increases were those in swordfish and head-on albacore.

Table 1: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 34

Week 33

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

25,583

21,698

18

442

572

-23

Frozen

Skinless bonito

18,567

17,977

3

469

433

8

Frozen

Shortfin mako

16,323

14,379

14

76

150

-50

Frozen

Swordfish

32,154

29,070

11

1,671

1,859

-10

Frozen

Blue shark

615

3,000

-80

30

8

290

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

25,583

21,698

18

442

572

-23

Fresh

Skinless bonito

18,567

17,977

3

469

433

8

Fresh

Shortfin mako

16,323

14,379

14

76

150

-50

Fresh

Swordfish

32,154

29,070

11

1,671

1,859

-10

Fresh

Blue shark

3,560

1,000

256

7

30

-78

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

Volumes of northern albacore landed at French ports declined by 80 tonnes during week 34, compared with the previous one. The main ports were Lorient, Le Guilvinec, Roscoff and Les Sables D''olonne.

Table 2: Volumes traded at French ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 34

Week 33

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Northern albacore

102,538

182,652

-44

422

244

73

Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 34, volumes of the all tunid and squaliform species analysed declined. The most important drop was reported by bullet tuna. 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 34

Week 33

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

460

660

-30

19

18

6

Bullet tuna

790

1,510

-48

36

34

5

Picked dogfish

0

141

-100

1

2

-57

Swordfish

380

817

-54

19

19

2

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok increased to USD 1,420/kg.

Spain

The price of yellowfin stayed at EUR 2,550/t EXW Spain. The price of skipjack > 1.8 kg remained at EUR 1,360/t EXW Spain.

As regards squaliform species, prices of swordfish were the same.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 34, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.45

> 10 kg/pc

2.55

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.20

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.36

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.40

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins,
in Spain, week 34, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.50

Simple

5.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.90

Simple

4.60

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 34, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

13.10

Skin-on and boneless

11.70

Slice

7.60

H&G

25/50 kg

6.40

50/70 kg

6.30

70/100 kg

6.10

+ 100 kg

5.90

Source: FIS.com

On Mercabarna, during week 34, the most important drops were those in albacore by EUR 1.05/kg and fresh swordfish by EUR 0.40/kg. The most significant rise was that in fresh tope shark, by EUR 0.95/kg.

Prices of swordfish increased on Mercamadrid during week 34, due to a higher demand. Those of frozen blue shark declined due to the lower demand. Those of albacore and shortfin mako also dropped due to the rise in supplies.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 34 and 33 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 34

Week 33

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

4.61

4.73

-3

Frozen

Skinless bonito

5.18

5.30

-2

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.78

5.02

-5

Frozen

Swordfish

14.94

14.43

4

Frozen

Blue shark

3.31

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4.61

4.73

-3

Fresh

Skinless bonito

5.18

5.30

-2

Fresh

Shortfin mako

4.78

5.02

-5

Fresh

Swordfish

14.94

14.43

4

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

The average price of northern albacore volumes was down EUR 0.06/kg at French ports, due to a lower demand.

Table 8: Average prices at French ports,
weeks 34 and 33, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 34

Week 33

% of variation

Northern albacore

3.59

3.65

-2

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

Prices on Italian first-sale markets declined in the case of picked dogfish, swordfish and bullet tuna, due to a lower demand. That of Atlantic albacore increased due to the decline in supplies.

Table 9: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 34 and 33 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 34

Week 33

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

1.93

3.80

1.76

3.48

10

9

Bullet tuna

3.40

6.80

3.50

7.00

-3

-3

Picked dogfish

-

-

4.95

5.43

-

-

Swordfish

3.57

6.03

6.74

9.59

-47

-37

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

Markets

European Union

Table 10: Imports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
by the European Union countries, January-June 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

The Seychelles

5,468

6,682

1.91

1.46

Philippines

5,031

6,386

1.71

1.74

Republic of Green Cape

5,776

4,290

2.03

1.68

South Korea

4,382

5,660

3.72

1.67

Curaçao

5,676

3,474

1.70

1.56

France

5,520

3,504

7.61

3.90

Guatemala

2,131

4,149

1.68

1.84

Panama

2,293

3,985

1.72

1.53

Vietnam

3,553

1,801

3.22

3.25

Mexico

2,640

1,940

2.11

2.17

Senegal

3,335

910

1.83

2.15

Spain

1,843

2,331

4.50

2.20

Mauritius

1,450

2,604

1.79

1.60

Thailand

2,075

1,784

2.94

3.62

Belice

1,943

1,446

1.88

1.54

Extra, undetermined territories

1,558

1,434

1.88

1.47

Papua New Guinea

1,046

1,821

1.30

1.66

El Salvador

1,427

920

1.95

1.28

Ecuador

1,179

660

2.14

1.84

China

571

1,136

2.39

3.18

Ivory coast

830

 

2.15

 

Ghana

514

261

2.28

1.72

Indonesia

618

133

2.97

2.37

Nicaragua

294

421

1.30

1.74

Peru

128

295

3.17

1.82

South Africa

184

199

2.11

2.35

United States

65

239

1.60

1.65

Portugal

177

86

9.21

2.83

India

130

117

1.93

3.81

Surinam

36

197

3.31

2.56

United Kingdom

116

43

12.18

3.10

Others

410

209

6.16

6.41

Total

62,398

59,117

2.77

1.98

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 11: Exports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
by the European Union countries, January-June 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Mauritius

9,829

11,130

1.28

1.28

The Seychelles

10,070

10,299

1.42

1.46

Spain

7,759

9,912

2.11

2.13

Ivory coast

4,140

5,640

1.26

1.49

Ghana

4,273

3,375

1.39

1.47

Italy

2,253

1,552

5.52

4.27

Thailand

2,215

1,045

1.33

1.16

Ecuador

1,219

1,418

1.62

1.50

Turkey

1,897

658

1.37

1.12

Madagascar

1,607

901

1.36

0.98

Vietnam

 

2,157

 

1.76

Portugal

1,783

226

3.02

3.20

France

1,888

58

3.16

3.24

Kenya

 

1,776

 

1.49

Mauritania

679

52

1.11

0.95

Croatia

470

139

3.14

3.26

Republic of Green Cape

375

203

1.66

1.74

Senegal

409

17

1.77

1.64

El Salvador

147

263

1.00

1.47

Philippines

56

133

1.80

0.77

Tunisia

162

 

1.22

 

Algeria

126

3

2.25

0.64

Denmark

56

62

14.39

9.64

Oman

115

 

1.46

 

Germany

87

23

6.44

5.99

Serbia

40

25

2.39

1.70

South Korea

2

41

18.93

2.49

Morocco

38

 

1.37

 

Ireland

16

21

3.41

4.87

Netherlands

23

10

14.49

11.29

Sweden

17

7

16.67

9.78

Others

84

30

8.14

8.87

Total

51,832

51,175

1.84

1.67

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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2. NORTH AMERICA

2.1 United States

Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)

Prices

The average CIF price of headless and/or fresh gutted swordfish (HS 0302470090, former 0302670090) at US Customs in June was USD 10,039/t. This figure is up 4% on that of the previous month and 14% on that of June 2015. During the first six months the average was USD 9,541, up 5% on that of the same period in 2015.

Graph 1: Average CIF price at US Customs of
fresh swordfish imports (HS 0302470090,
former 0302670090), 2012/2016, in USD/t

Source: FAS-USDA

Markets

In June, US imports of fresh swordfish reached 762 tonnes, worth USD 7,650,000 CIF declared at Customs.

These figures show a rise of 25% in volume and 30% in value compared with the previous month, and they are down 4% in volume but up 10% in value on those of June 2015.

Graph 2: Imports of fresh swordfish (HS 0302470090,
former 0302670090), 2012/2016, in tonnes and thousands of USD

Source: FAS-USDA

In the year, imports reported 3,537 tonnes and USD 33,747,000, up 11% in volume and 16% in value on those of 2014.

The main suppliers of fresh headless and/or gutted swordfish during the period were Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil and Sri Lanka, with 680, 608, 461 and 385 tonnes respectively.

Graph 3: Main origins of fresh swordfish imports,
(HS 0302470090, former 0302670090), January-June 2016

Source: FAS-USDA

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By DGA and Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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