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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, February 10, 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

 
ASIA
1.1 Japan - Skipjack, albacore, yellowfin, bluefin, bigeye
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)
Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
Bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus)
Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)

Markets

Total imports of tuna, fresh and frozen, reached about 20,537 tonnes in December, with a value of JPY 11,500 million at Japanese Customs. These figures are up 32% in volume and 35% in value on those of November and compared with those of December 2014, the volume is up 3% and the value is down 13%.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 2,259 tonnes with a value of JPY 2,827 million at Japanese Customs, up 61% in volume and 55% in value on those of the previous month, and down 5% in volume and 4% in value on those of December 2014.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2015/2014

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(million of JPY)

Var. %

Jan - Dec 2015

Jan - Dec 2014

Jan - Dec 2015

Jan - Dec 2014

White tuna

88

96

-8%

64

75

-15%

Yellowfin

5,186

8,004

-35%

5,226

7,903

-34%

Skipjack

-

2

-

-

1

-

Bigeye

7,000

9,910

-29%

7,467

9,999

-25%

Bluefin

4,796

3,797

+26%

8,593

6,475

+33%

Southern Bluefin

1,665

1,448

+15%

2,624

2,322

+13%

Total

18,735

23,257

-19%

23,974

26,775

-10%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2011/2015

Source: Japanese Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 18,278 tonnes, worth JPY 8,673 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are up 29% in volume and value on those of the previous month and compared with those of December 2014, the volume is up 4% and the value is down 16%.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2015/2014

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(million of JPY)

Var. %

Jan - Dec 2015

Jan - Dec 2014

Jan - Dec 2015

Jan - Dec 2014

White tuna

17,247

17,340

-1%

6,650

5,683

+17%

Yellowfin

45,558

46,189

-1%

18,654

19,964

-7%

Skipjack

38,978

24,459

+59%

5,782

3,390

+71%

Bigeye

71,089

73,912

-4%

51,294

53,991

-5%

Bluefin

3,160

4,070

-22%

5,895

6,510

-9%

Southern Bluefin

9,561

10,022

-5%

12,778

15,868

-19%

Total

185,593

175,992

+5%

101,053

105,406

-4%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2011/2015

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, during week 5, the most important variation in tunid and squaliform supplies was the rise in frozen swordfish. There was also a significant drop in frozen albacore supplies. Compared with 2015, we must highlight the rise in fresh albacore supplies.

Table 3: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 5

Week 4

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

13,712

24,480

-44

40

76

-47

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3,428

6,120

-44

10

19

-47

Frozen

Shortfin mako

1,219

3,394

-64

4

21

-81

Frozen

Swordfish

78,315

38,500

103

218

206

6

Frozen

Blue shark

1,000

 

-

1

1

7

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

620

 

-

14

5

174

Fresh

Skinless bonito

1,446

 

-

25

12

118

Fresh

Shortfin mako

2,350

500

370

1

3

-64

Fresh

Swordfish

16,016

13,191

21

63

92

-31

Fresh

Blue shark

 

200

-100

0

5

-96

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 5, volumes of the all tunid and squaliform species analysed increased. The most important rises were those in Atlantic albacore and swordfish. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 4: Volumes traded at Italian ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 5

Week 4

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

510

487

5

3

2

25

Bullet tuna

1,055

1,045

1

6

5

20

Picked dogfish

7

4

86

0

1

-96

Swordfish

490

465

5

3

2

35

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Vietnam for the second fortnight of January were still the same as in the first one, quoting at between EUR 1.74/kg and EUR 1.87/kg. On Bangkok, it was still at EUR 0.925/kg.

Prices of yellowfin on the market of Vietnam stayed at EUR 2.16/t. In the market of Bangkok it remained at USD 1.37/kg FOB and in the Seychelles they stayed USD 1.38/kg.

Spain

In Spain, the price of yellowfin stayed at EUR 1,700/t EXW Spain. The price of skipjack stayed at EUR 1,050/t EXW Spain.

Table 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 5, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

1.60

> 10 kg/pc

1.65

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.95

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.15

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins, in Spain,
week 5, 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 7: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 5, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

12.00

Skin-on and boneless

10.60

Slice

7.00/8.25

H&G

25/50 kg

6.30

50/70 kg

6.20

70/100 kg

6.10

+ 100 kg

6.00

Source: FIS.com

During week 5, on Mercamadrid, prices of tunid and squaliform species remained stable in all products, except for that of fresh swordfish that declined by EUR 3.80/kg.

Table 8: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 5 and 4 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 5

Week 4

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

9.00

9.00

0

Frozen

Blue shark

 

3.31

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

6.50

6.50

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

7.50

7.50

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

21.00

24.80

-15

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian first-sale markets prices increased in the case of picked dogfish. Those of Atlantic albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish declined.

Table 9: Average prices at Italian ports, weeks 5 and 4 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 5

Week 4

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

1.05

2.05

2.61

3.61

-60

-43

Bullet tuna

3.08

6.17

3.42

6.83

-10

-10

Picked dogfish

1.88

2.03

1.89

1.89

0

8

Swordfish

5.21

10.38

5.34

10.67

-2

-3

 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-November 2015/2014

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Mexico

6,319

31,613

2.11

2.07

Philippines

11,486

26,006

1.71

6.29

The Seychelles

11,553

15,190

1.47

2.44

France

3,557

19,290

4.62

2.21

Spain

5,100

15,150

2.14

5.70

South Korea

6,836

11,841

1.83

2.08

Panama

5,304

13,261

1.51

2.09

Guatemala

5,876

12,600

1.85

1.94

Curaçao

5,305

9,471

1.53

1.93

Green Cape Republic

6,961

7,599

1.57

1.78

Vietnam

4,161

9,706

2.95

3.23

Senegal

1,978

11,517

1.90

1.89

Thailand

2,824

8,275

3.54

2.95

Indonesia

212

9,009

2.34

2.05

Extra, undetermined territories

3,455

3,912

1.53

1.96

Ghana

1,985

4,513

1.64

2.21

Portugal

88

6,405

2.83

2.98

China

1,970

4,394

2.89

3.25

Mauritius

3,024

2,976

1.60

2.19

Papua New Guinea

2,851

1,766

1.67

2.21

Ecuador

1,075

3,196

1.73

2.10

Belice

2,503

829

1.54

2.03

Italy

841

2,080

11.60

4.63

Colombia

 

2,225

 

2.27

Nicaragua

618

1,581

1.69

2.01

El Salvador

1,688

 

1.30

 

India

145

1,494

3.76

2.44

South Africa

246

1,278

2.35

2.10

Surinam

296

438

2.85

2.93

United States

365

281

1.67

1.50

Peru

305

131

1.89

3.38

Others

412

1,402

6.62

5.32

Total

99,336

239,427

2.04

2.94

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 11: Exports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) by the European Union countries,
January-November 2015/2014

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

The Seychelles

17,951

45,465

1.44

1.67

Mauritius

18,329

43,417

1.35

1.65

Spain

16,483

38,453

2.15

6.14

Ivory coast

13,106

11,897

1.43

1.58

Ghana

8,949

4,501

1.34

1.63

Madagascar

2,465

9,018

1.32

1.43

Thailand

1,383

9,498

1.23

1.18

Ecuador

3,852

6,756

1.46

1.51

Italy

2,226

7,428

4.37

3.94

Kenya

1,776

6,249

1.49

1.74

Turkey

1,621

2,621

1.41

0.95

El Salvador

635

2,899

1.40

1.59

Vietnam

3,236

 

1.76

 

Colombia

30

3,073

1.00

1.80

Portugal

226

2,700

3.20

2.62

France

77

2,162

4.31

4.58

Tunisia

103

1,488

1.52

1.12

Green Cape Republic

454

660

1.42

1.53

Mauritania

889

44

1.25

1.11

Croatia

145

704

3.26

2.64

Peru

 

761

 

0.99

Netherlands

21

623

10.56

9.46

Morocco

350

 

1.11

 

Philippines

205

48

1.44

2.01

Kiribati

 

216

 

0.90

Senegal

163

31

1.30

1.77

Denmark

81

91

13.02

20.91

Serbia

75

59

1.81

3.11

Germany

27

80

6.42

7.72

Ireland

27

66

5.88

5.06

United Kingdom

2

79

7.29

6.48

Others

167

364

8.39

8.66

Total

95,053

201,451

1.64

2.64

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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