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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
 
 
 

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 710/kg, down 3% on that of the previous month and up 3% on that of May 2014. During the first five months of the year it averaged JPY 738/kg, up 4% on that of the same period last year.

Graph 1: Average price of frozen bigeye at Japan Customs,
2011/2015, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

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

Origin

USD/kg

Variation (%)

May 15

April 15

May 14

May/15 Apr/15

May/15 May/14

Korean Republic

793

842

844

-6%

-6%

China

703

751

725

-6%

-3%

Taiwan

718

729

670

-2%

+7%

Philippines

-

731

773

-

-

Indonesia

-

-

-

-

-

The Seychelles

723

729

680

-1%

+6%

Vanuatu

712

711

648

0%

+10%

Source: Japanese Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports of frozen bigeye reached 4,049 tonnes, worth JPY 2,876 million, down 57% in volume and 59% in value on those of the previous month and they were down 38% in volume and 36% in value on those of May 2014.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bigeye tuna, 2011-2015

Source: Customs

During the first five months of the year, imports totalled 31,276 tonnes and JPY 23,082 million, down 5% in volume and 1% in value on those of the same period last year.         

Taiwan contributed 53% (16,665 tonnes) and the Chinese Republic sent 22% (6,978 tonnes) of imports of the period.

Graph 3: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-May 2015, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

Incoming volumes declined mainly in frozen albacore and fresh swordfish on Mercamadrid during week 29. The most important increases were those in fresh albacore and frozen swordfish.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 29 and 28

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Semana 29

Semana 28

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

3,632

14,280

-75

Frozen

Skinless bonito

908

3,570

-75

Frozen

Shortfin mako

111

2,000

-94

Frozen

Swordfish

23,078

7,250

218

Frozen

Blue shark

 

1,000

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

8,659

2,294

277

Fresh

Skinless bonito

20,205

5,586

262

Fresh

Shortfin mako

200

8,108

-98

Fresh

Swordfish

14,415

55,860

-74

Fresh

Blue shark

400

25

1500

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

Volumes landed at Italian ports during week 29 increased in the case of bullet tuna and have barely moved in the rest of species. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 28 and 29 of 2015, in kg

Species

Week 29

Week 28

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

590

592

-0

Bullet tuna

1,405

1,340

5

Picked dogfish

29

13

120

Swordfish

686

610

12

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok tended to rise and reached USD 1,770/t.

Spain

In Spain the price of skipjack also stayed at EUR 1,500/t EXW Spain, and so did that of yellowfin tuna at EUR 1,750/t EXW Spain, due to a still low demand in the canning sector.

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

1.65

> 10 kg/pc

1.70

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.90

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.15

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

7.00

Simple

6.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.70

Simple

4.20

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

8.00

Skin-on and boneless

6.70

Slice

5.60

H&G

25/50 kg

6.20

50/70 kg

6.10

70/100 kg

5.90

+ 100 kg

5.80

Source: FIS.com

Prices on Mercamadrid declined in fresh head-on albacore during week 29. Those of the rest of tunid and squaliform species remained firm.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 29 and 28 of 2015, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

 % of variation

Week 29

Week 28

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

Frozen

Blue shark

 

3.31

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4.78

5.02

-5

Fresh

Skinless bonito

8.50

8.50

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

5.50

0

Fresh

Swordfish

18.15

18.21

-0

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

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

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 29 and 28 of 2015, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 29

Week 28

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

5.83

12.17

6.71

9.54

-13

28

Bullet tuna

3.00

7.00

3.42

6.75

-12

4

Picked dogfish

10.98

11.79

10.45

10.67

5

10

Swordfish

11.09

17.07

11.44

17.58

-3

-3

 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 2015/2014

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

The Seychelles

6,682

12,660

1.46

1.84

Philippines

4,353

14,546

1.77

2.02

Panama

3,930

8,551

1.52

2.05

France

124

10,676

13.15

1.96

Spain

2,022

8,482

2.19

4.40

South Korea

4,558

5,658

1.68

3.97

Mexico

1,380

6,919

2.23

2.12

Senegal

866

7,151

2.16

1.86

Guatemala

3,742

3,654

1.84

1.87

Curaçao

2,757

4,541

1.56

1.78

Green Cape Republic

3,294

3,570

1.74

1.29

Portugal

13

5,054

3.69

3.04

Vietnam

1,069

3,297

3.02

3.23

Thailand

1,382

2,904

3.55

3.51

Mauritius

2,604

1,107

1.60

2.02

Undefined territories

1,434

1,854

1.47

2.05

Indonesia

124

2,672

2.37

2.15

China

591

1,439

2.75

1.95

Belice

1,126

829

1.54

2.03

Papua New Guinea

1,159

713

1.74

2.26

Ghana

247

1,152

1.72

2.18

Ecuador

656

668

1.84

2.18

India

117

1,041

3.81

2.07

Italy

0

917

6.08

5.05

South Africa

67

637

2.41

2.07

Colombia

 

456

 

2.05

Nicaragua

421

 

1.74

 

Peru

290

107

1.79

3.37

United States

239

 

1.65

 

Surinam

107

129

2.50

3.36

Maldive Islands

 

191

 

2.60

Others

97

197

8.43

6.97

Total

45,450

111,773

1.85

2.40

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
by the European Union countries, January-May 2015/2014

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

The Seychelles

9,840

25,746

1.47

1.55

Mauritius

8,611

20,847

1.28

1.45

Spain

6,268

22,038

2.21

1.79

Thailand

1,045

6,050

1.16

1.25

Madagascar

901

5,704

0.98

1.34

Ivory coast

4,179

2,244

1.63

1.65

Italy

1,509

4,549

4.30

4.18

Kenya

1,756

2,705

1.45

1.60

Ecuador

1,346

2,266

1.51

1.57

Ghana

3,206

74

1.50

1.06

El Salvador

263

2,899

1.47

1.59

Vietnam

2,011

 

1.76

 

Turkey

658

1,329

1.12

1.06

Colombia

 

1,757

 

1.84

Portugal

181

1,556

3.43

3.01

France

39

1,639

4.38

4.96

Green Cape Republic

203

660

1.74

1.53

Tunisia

 

694

 

0.72

Croatia

89

406

3.29

2.75

Netherlands

10

276

11.01

7.53

Peru

 

239

 

0.90

Philippines

133

48

0.77

2.01

Mauritania

52

44

0.95

1.11

Denmark

62

26

9.64

22.84

Serbia

25

19

1.70

2.56

Germany

14

28

5.65

6.58

South Korea

41

 

2.49

 

Angola

1

38

9.39

4.20

Sweden

7

30

9.78

12.68

Ireland

18

14

4.68

8.69

Others

31

131

8.63

8.81

Total

42,499

104,055

1.69

1.78

  Source: Eurostat

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