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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
 

 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese and Spanish 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 Spain – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Prices

The average price at Japan Customs of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000) in November was JPY 1,526/kg, down 10% on that of October but up 18% on that of November 2013. In the eleven months the average was JPY 1,593/kg, up 1% on that of the same period last year.

Table 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000) 
at Japan Customs, years 2014-2013, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR. Nov/14 Oct/14

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR. Nov/14 Nov/13

Nov 14

Oct 14

Nov 13

Spain

3,066

-

-

-

-

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

2,719

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

-

-

-

 

-

Mexico

1,900

-

-

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin imports (HS 030345000 and
030346000) at Japan Customs, years 2010—2014, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports reached 327 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 499 million at Japanese Customs, down 38% in volume and 44% in value on those of the previous month and down 36% and 25% respectively on those of November 2013.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2010/2014

Source: Customs

During the period, they totaled 13,013 tonnes worth JPY 20,275 million, up 32% in volume and 34% in value on those of the same period in 2013.

Graph 3: Monthly cumulative imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), in tonnes, 2010-2014

Source: Japan Customs

Australia was the main origin of Japanese imports of frozen southern bluefin, with 7,706 tonnes. Those of northern bluefin came from Mexico and reported 3,594 tonnes.

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-November 2014, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 Spain

Landed volumes

Spain

Incoming volumes declined in the case of shortfin mako and fresh blue shark on Mercamadrid during week 2. Those of frozen albacore, frozen shortfin mako, fresh and frozen swordfish increased. The most significant rise was reported by fresh swordfish.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 1 and 2 of 2015

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 2

Week 1

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

13,280

11,272

18

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3,320

2,818

18

Frozen

Shortfin mako

16,000

600

2,567

Frozen

Swordfish

29,790

22,062

35

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

60

 

-

Fresh

Skinless bonito

140

 

-

Fresh

Shortfin mako

210

300

-30

Fresh

Swordfish

27,960

4,350

543

Fresh

Blue shark

50

5,048

-99

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian markets, volumes of tunid and squaliform species increased as in the case of picked dogfish; those of Atlantic albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish declined. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 1 and 2 of 2015, in kg

Species

Week 2

Week 1

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

190

840

-77

Bullet tuna

420

2,220

-81

Picked dogfish

201

23

771

Swordfish

190

800

-76

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,510/t.

Prices of yellowfin remained stable in all markets. On Manta it was at EUR 1,700/t. Catch volumes of the Indian ocean were at USD 2,000/t and on Abidjan they stayed at EUR 2,030/t.

Offers of double cleansing precooked yellowfin loins from China were at between USD 5,000/t and USD 6,000/t.

Spain

In Spain prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 1,450/t CFR Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 2,600/t CFR Spain.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 2, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.60

> 10 kg/pc

2.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.35

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.45

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.50

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 2, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

4.50

Simple

4.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 2, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

7.50

Skin-on and boneless

6.50

Slice

5.50

H&G

25/50 kg

5.00

50/70 kg

5.10

70/100 kg

5.20

+ 100 kg

5.30

Source: FIS.com

On Mercamadrid, in week 2 of 2015, prices of fresh swordfish rose by EUR 4.65/kg compared with the previous week.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 2 and 1 of 2015, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 2

Week 1

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.06

4.06

0

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

6.80

 

-

Fresh

Skinless bonito

7.00

 

-

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

5.50

0

Fresh

Swordfish

17.40

12.75

36

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets prices declined from those registered during the Christmas season.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 2 and 1 of 2015, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 2

Week 1

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

9.25

19.25

41.00

81.00

-77

-76

Bullet tuna

3.25

6.25

9.00

18.00

-64

-65

Picked dogfish

6.65

8.71

36.75

36.75

-82

-76

Swordfish

11.75

18.75

43.00

69.00

-73

-73

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

Markets

European Union

Average prices of tuna fillet imports registered through October 2014 declined from those of the same period in 2013 and reached EUR 4.40/kg.

However, in France, the average price of fillet imports increased to EUR 7.37/kg, according to Eurostat.

Table 9: Imports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-October 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

497

666

7.52

8.12

Belgium

566

1,108

6.36

8.90

Bulgaria

 

25

 

4.22

Cyprus

7

24

4.58

10.01

Croatia

91

50

4.29

5.95

Denmark

137

226

5.19

5.89

Slovaquia

 

6

 

6.17

Slovenia

 

93

 

7.43

Spain

4,691

4,481

4.40

4.78

Estonia

44

32

6.56

5.58

Finland

 

5

 

9.08

France

4,348

3,342

7.37

6.82

Greece

 

16

 

8.31

Hungary

 

17

 

8.26

Ireland

1

2

6.99

4.99

Italy

715

1,016

7.12

7.35

Letonia

2

27

9.35

9.73

Lithuania

29

36

8.18

8.36

Luxembourg

 

3

   

Malta

0

2

7.70

6.87

Netherlands

833

964

6.51

7.86

Poland

69

129

4.11

5.81

Portugal

329

1,679

4.98

4.72

United Kingdom

1,249

1,268

6.69

7.80

Czech Republic

75

73

8.30

6.64

Romania

9

26

4.74

13.33

Sweden

62

173

7.00

8.81

Average Total

13,755

15,484

6.40

7.38

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-October 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

51

145

9.53

11.35

Belgium

1

756

7.71

8.70

Bulgaria

 

0

 

8.18

Croatia

7

2

7.11

12.47

Denmark

6

79

12.17

7.54

Spain

1,853

3,753

10.09

8.36

Estonia

29

1

11.40

33.08

France

200

232

11.35

8.12

Greece

 

1

 

23.79

Hungary

 

2

 

10.77

Italy

6

25

9.19

15.89

Letonia

1

8

11.85

12.13

Lithuania

2

3

9.13

6.32

Luxembourg

0

0

10.00

44.50

Malta

 

11

 

17.97

Netherlands

50

2,137

7.61

5.87

Poland

 

5

 

9.10

Portugal

785

839

4.18

5.24

United Kingdom

121

230

7.31

7.51

Czech Republic

8

79

14.51

0.99

Romania

0

 

6.50

 

Sweden

1

1

8.90

28.98

Average Total

3,121

8,308

9.33

13.66

  Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

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