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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, September 21, 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 - 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 in July, fresh and frozen, reached about 16,315 tonnes, with a value at Japanese Customs of JPY 9,409 million. These figures are up 13% in volume and 18% in value on those of June and compared with those of July 2015, the volume is up 11% and and so is the value by 1%.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 1,616 tonnes with a value of JPY 2,164 million at Japanese Customs, up 1% in volume and 11% in value on those of the previous month, and down 5% in volume and 12% in value on those of July 2015.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2016/2015

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(millions of JPY)

Var. %

Jan- Jul 2016

Jan- Jul 2015

Jan- Jul 2016

Jan- Jul 2015

White tuna

34

29

+17%

27

21

+29%

Yellowfin

3,417

3,041

+12%

3,416

3,063

+12%

Skipjack

-

-

-

-

-

-

Bigeye

3,410

3,744

-9%

3,678

4,037

-9%

Bluefin

3,542

2,078

+70%

5,478

3,229

+70%

Southern Bluefin

1,649

1,217

+35%

2,267

1,988

+14%

Total

12,052

10,109

+19%

14,866

12,338

+20%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2012/2016

Source: Japanese Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 14,699 tonnes, worth JPY 7,245 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are up 14% in volume and 20% in value on those of the previous month and compared with those of July 2015, the volume is up 13% and the value is up 15%.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2016/2015

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(millions of JPY)

Var. %

Jan- Jul 2016

Jan- Jul 2015

Jan- Jul 2016

Jan- Jul 2015

White tuna

5,789

6,823

-15%

2,077

2,482

-16%

Yellowfin

31,308

23,496

+33%

12,725

9,789

+30%

Skipjack

15,769

23,012

-31%

2,588

3,307

-22%

Bigeye

44,114

42,656

+3%

32,032

31,289

+2%

Bluefin

845

2,957

-71%

1,543

5,591

-72%

Southern Bluefin

873

658

+33%

1,206

713

+69%

Total

98,698

99,602

-1%

52,171

53,171

-2%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2012/2016

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercabarna, during week 37, supplies of fresh tuna, frozen shortfin mako and fresh swordfish declined. Those of the rest of tunid and squaliform species increased. The most important rises were those in fresh northern albacore and fresh shortfin mako.

Supplies increased in shortfin mako and declined in the rest of tunid and squaliform species on Mercamadrid during week 37. The most significant rise was that in swordfish.

Table 3: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 37

Week 36

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

13,835

15,260

-9

494

625

-21

Frozen

Skinless bonito

9,380

10,128

-7

548

499

10

Frozen

Shortfin mako

8,050

3,585

125

82

162

-49

Frozen

Swordfish

69,145

104,841

-34

1,828

2,066

-11

Frozen

Blue shark

12

20

-40

34

8

337

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

13,835

15,260

-9

494

625

-21

Fresh

Skinless bonito

9,380

10,128

-7

548

499

10

Fresh

Shortfin mako

8,050

3,585

125

82

162

-49

Fresh

Swordfish

69,145

104,841

-34

1,828

2,066

-11

Fresh

Blue shark

 

5,150

-

7

35

-80

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

Volumes of northern albacore landed at French ports declined by 39 tonnes during week 37, compared with the previous one. The main ports were Boulogne/Mer, Saint Guenole, Lorient and Le Guilvinec.

Table 4: Volumes traded at French ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 37

Week 36

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Northern albacore

17,867

56,549

-68

583

293

99

Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 37, volumes of bullet tuna increased and those of albacore and swordfish declined.

Table 5: Volumes traded at Italian ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 37

Week 36

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

495

535

-7

21

20

5

Bullet tuna

1,405

1,235

14

40

38

4

Swordfish

560

590

-5

21

21

1

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,420/kg and USD 1,450/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 swordfish, prices declined slightly.

Table 6: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 37, 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 7: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins,
in Spain, week 37, 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 8: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 37, 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 37, those of fresh and frozen swordfish and fresh  albacore declined. Those of fresh tuna, fresh northern albacore and fresh tope shark have increased. Those for the rest of the species remained stable.

On Mercamadrid, during week 37, those of fresh swordfish and head-on albacore declined, slightly in the latter. Those of shortfin mako and headless albacore increased.

Table 9: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 37 and 36 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 37

Week 36

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

5.86

5.87

-0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

6.98

6.77

3

Frozen

Shortfin mako

5.02

4.78

5

Frozen

Swordfish

12.75

13.41

-5

Frozen

Blue shark

 

3.31

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5.86

5.87

-0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.98

6.77

3

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.02

4.78

5

Fresh

Swordfish

12.75

13.41

-5

Fresh

Blue shark

 

5.50

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

The average price of northern albacore volumes was up EUR 0.51/kg at French ports, due to a higher demand.

Table 10: Average prices at French ports,
weeks 37 and 36, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 37

Week 36

% of variation

Northern albacore

3.98

3.47

15

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, the average prices of bullet tuna declined due to the rise in supplies. Quotes of swordfish and Atlantic albacore increased slightly because of the drop in supplies.

Table 11: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 37 and 36 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 37

Week 36

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

1.36

2.65

1.29

2.56

5

3

Bullet tuna

3.42

6.83

4.25

8.25

-20

-17

Swordfish

3.56

6.22

3.53

6.06

1

3

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

Markets

European Union

Table 12: Imports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and
skipjack (Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-June 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Vietnam

3,043

2,003

4.92

5.51

South Korea

3,177

1,855

11.72

11.90

Ecuador

1,756

1,069

4.78

5.22

Mexico

1,830

891

5.67

5.75

Mauritius

989

858

7.38

6.37

Spain

1,123

510

6.06

5.37

Indonesia

693

607

6.56

6.63

Ghana

213

171

3.77

3.71

Guatemala

234

149

5.22

3.12

Netherlands

265

82

10.54

8.41

Fidji

156

103

8.28

8.30

Maldive Islands

90

122

5.71

5.77

Portugal

100

86

3.55

3.31

India

87

83

3.72

3.73

Germany

94

51

10.91

8.99

The Seychelles

71

69

4.51

5.58

China

32

99

1.28

1.61

France

82

46

7.96

6.50

Surinam

101

25

4.08

4.59

Belgium

88

29

11.66

9.30

French Polynesia

26

72

5.88

5.42

Colombia

 

96

 

5.11

Panama

65

10

5.01

4.59

Philippines

53

17

6.38

20.08

Italy

11

37

13.72

5.62

Madagascar

34

3

4.87

4.56

Sri Lanka

11

26

9.67

5.09

United Kingdom

23

13

12.65

5.81

Poland

31

3

23.33

5.29

Thailand

21

3

4.82

5.13

Denmark

14

8

16.47

7.17

Other (22)

74

27

13.09

9.97

Total

14,586

9,223

7.13

6.91

 Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

Table 13: Exports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-June 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Italy

1,718

426

6.88

7.35

Japan

1,245

489

17.55

21.09

Spain

764

427

4.27

3.91

Portugal

992

146

2.27

3.66

United Kingdom

921

45

10.00

8.55

France

511

77

6.09

6.13

South Korea

203

164

21.33

17.79

Germany

275

52

7.79

8.92

United States

180

121

8.47

9.55

Slovenia

159

63

5.05

5.12

Belgium

94

47

15.54

18.75

Netherlands

89

18

7.51

7.62

Cuba

31

48

6.03

7.05

Switzerland

58

19

15.62

16.80

Algeria

62

1

1.79

2.17

Serbia

42

9

3.46

10.24

Israel

22

24

8.51

10.57

Croatia

14

19

5.58

4.47

Denmark

27

6

12.04

17.52

Ireland

22

8

10.09

7.45

Republic of Green Cape

11

18

3.89

4.36

Vietnam

6

21

4.81

6.50

Lithuania

21

2

7.40

11.88

Czech Republic

22

1

7.47

13.62

Slovaquia

14

8

17.30

17.08

Poland

10

11

10.49

9.04

Argentina

12

8

7.13

8.51

Austria

14

6

12.97

13.72

Iceland

12

7

11.62

20.35

Bosnia-Herzegovina

8

9

9.80

9.24

Romania

16

0

10.29

11.43

Other (47)

94

62

10.00

10.71

Total

7,668

2,360

8.73

10.66

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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