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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, July 27, 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 - Bigeye
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)

Prices

The average price of Japanese frozen bigeye imports in May reported JPY 725/kg, down 1% on that of the previous month and up 2% on that of May 2015. During the first five months of the year it averaged JPY 75/kg, down 2% on that of the same period last year.

Graph 1: Average price of frozen bigeye at Japan Customs,
2012/2016, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Table 1: Average FOB price of frozen bigeye
at Japan Customs, in JPY/kg

Origin

USD/kg

Variation (%)

May 16

April 16

May 15

May/16 Apr/16

May/16 May/15

Korean Republic

788

985

793

-20%

-1%

China

717

685

703

+5%

+2%

Taiwan

723

731

718

-1%

+1%

Philippines

-

-

-

-

-

Indonesia

-

-

-

-

-

The Seychelles

766

720

723

+6%

+6%

Vanuatu

722

743

712

-3%

+1%

Source: Japanese Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 6,408 tonnes, worth JPY 4,644 million, down 18% in volume and value on those of the previous month and they were up 58% in volume and 61% in value on those of May 2015.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bigeye tuna,
2012-2016

Source: Customs

During the period, imports totaled 34,487 tonnes worth JPY 25,019 million, up 10% in volume and 8% in value on those of the same period during the previous year.

Taiwan contributed 52% (17,854 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 25% (8,515 tonnes) of imports of the period.

Graph 3: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-May 2016, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercabarna, incoming volumes of tunid and squaliform species increased by 2 tonnes during week 29. The most significant increases were those of fresh swordfish, fresh tuna, frozen shortfin mako and fresh northern albacore. The most significant drop –though slighter- was that in frozen tope shark.

Supplies increased on Mercamadrid, during week 26, in the case of headless albacore and fresh blue shark. That of the rest of tunid and squaliform species have declined. The most significant drop was reported by swordfish.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 29

Week 28

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

12,291

16,574

-26

378

450

-16

Frozen

Skinless bonito

21,113

9,156

131

366

283

29

Frozen

Shortfin mako

311

10,108

-97

73

78

-6

Frozen

Swordfish

37,493

63,110

-41

1,450

1,688

-14

Frozen

Blue shark

 

1,000

-

26

4

556

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

12,291

16,574

-26

378

450

-16

Fresh

Skinless bonito

21,113

9,156

131

366

283

29

Fresh

Shortfin mako

311

10,108

-97

73

78

-6

Fresh

Swordfish

37,493

63,110

-41

1,450

1,688

-14

Fresh

Blue shark

400

25

1500

5

26

-80

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 29, 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 29

Week 28

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

565

738

-23

16

15

6

Bullet tuna

950

2,590

-63

31

27

12

Picked dogfish

24

32

-23

0

1

-78

Swordfish

709

1,230

-42

16

16

1

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,400/t.

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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 Marcabarna, during week 29, the most important increases in prices were registered in fresh shortfin mako, due to the drop in supplies. Those of fresh albacore, fresh swordfish and fresh tuna increased due to the higher demand. That of fresh northern albacore dropped due to the rise in supplies.

On Mercamadrid, during week 29, prices declined in head-on albacore, due to the lower demand. Those of headless albacore also dropped due to the rise in supplies. That of swordfish and shortfin mako increased due to the drop in supplies.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 29 and 28 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 29

Week 28

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

4.89

5.09

-4

Frozen

Skinless bonito

6.30

6.41

-2

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.92

4.78

3

Frozen

Swordfish

18.04

17.61

2

Frozen

Blue shark

 

3.31

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4.89

5.09

-4

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.30

6.41

-2

Fresh

Shortfin mako

4.92

4.78

3

Fresh

Swordfish

18.04

17.61

2

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets the prices of bullet tuna increased because of a drop in supplies. Those of Atlantic albacore, swordfish and picked dogfish declined because of a lower demand.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 29 and 28 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 29

Week 28

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

2.17

4.33

9.55

14.13

-77

-69

Bullet tuna

4.25

8.50

3.83

7.00

11

21

Picked dogfish

3.42

4.33

9.20

12.95

-63

-67

Swordfish

5.15

7.76

11.25

21.92

-54

-65

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

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) by
the European Union countries, January-May 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Republic of Green Cape

2,809

3,294

4.05

1.74

The Seychelles

1,653

2,227

5.66

4.39

Mexico

2,249

1,380

2.08

2.23

Philippines

2,227

1,451

3.35

5.30

South Korea

2,006

1,519

7.44

5.03

Extra, undetermined territories

1,558

1,434

1.88

1.47

Panama

1,668

1,310

1.72

4.56

Curaçao

1,511

919

4.30

4.69

Guatemala

1,066

1,247

3.37

5.53

Ivory coast

830

 

2.15

 

Thailand

928

691

6.30

7.11

Mauritius

483

868

5.36

4.80

Vietnam

810

356

12.92

9.05

France

1,193

31

30.92

52.60

Belice

1,190

375

1.84

4.61

El Salvador

565

 

3.76

 

Senegal

773

289

5.20

6.48

Spain

374

674

17.81

6.57

Papua New Guinea

315

580

3.88

3.48

Nicaragua

294

421

1.30

1.74

Ecuador

269

219

8.47

5.51

China

165

295

4.62

5.51

United States

65

239

1.60

1.65

Peru

8

290

4.27

1.79

Costa Rica

144

 

2.04

 

Indonesia

269

31

4.95

9.48

Ghana

153

82

2.01

5.16

India

101

58

2.10

7.63

Surinam

27

107

3.61

2.50

South Africa

79

34

4.20

4.83

Portugal

40

13

36.88

3.69

Others

170

68

7.30

6.42

Total

25,991

20,502

5.63

4.08

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

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

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

The Seychelles

3,006

3,280

4.10

4.40

Mauritius

2,773

2,870

3.56

3.84

Spain

1,874

2,089

6.01

6.63

Ghana

2,136

1,069

2.78

4.50

Ivory coast

1,289

1,393

3.76

4.89

Vietnam

 

1,006

 

3.51

Kenya

 

878

 

2.91

Madagascar

536

901

4.08

0.98

Thailand

738

348

3.99

3.47

Turkey

632

329

4.11

2.24

Ecuador

345

449

4.81

4.52

Italy

403

302

27.61

21.52

Mauritania

339

52

2.22

0.95

Portugal

366

45

12.12

13.72

Tunisia

162

 

1.22

 

El Salvador

147

132

1.00

2.94

Republic of Green Cape

90

203

2.17

1.74

Oman

115

 

1.46

 

Philippines

56

133

1.80

0.77

France

94

39

18.62

4.38

Croatia

132

30

5.88

9.86

Senegal

107

6

2.89

2.82

Denmark

49

62

13.42

9.64

Algeria

63

3

4.50

0.64

Morocco

38

 

1.34

 

Serbia

40

25

2.39

1.70

South Korea

2

41

18.93

2.49

Ireland

16

18

3.41

4.68

Germany

22

4

19.30

22.62

Others

85

19

12.32

14.07

Total

15,653

15,724

4.87

4.55

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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