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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
 
 
 

 

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 - Northern bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark, picked dogfish, bullet tuna 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 June was JPY 1,028/kg, down 50% on that of May but up 70% on that of June 2013. In the first six months the average was JPY 1,582/kg, down 9% 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. Jun/14 May/14

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR. Jun/14 Jun/13

June 14

May 14

June 13

Spain

3,272

3,159

+4%

3,483

-6%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

-

1,748

-

-

-

Mexico

985

1,711

-42%

-

-

Source: Customs

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

Source: Customs

Markets

During the month, imports of frozen bluefin registered 1,188 tonnes, worth JPY 1,221 million at Japan Customs, up eightfold in volume and fourfold in value on the previous ones, and significantly higher than those of June 2013.

Volumes from Mexico reported 1,091 tonnes, at JPY 985/kg.

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

Source: Customs

During the period, they totaled 4,290 tonnes worth JPY 5,565 million, up 101% in volume and 84% 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

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

In the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, incoming volumes increased by 33 tonnes. We must highlight the rise in frozen swordfish volumes by 26.5 tonnes. The most important drop was reported by fresh albacore.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 32 and 31

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 32

Week 31

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

18,880

13,600

39

Frozen

Skinless bonito

4,720

3,400

39

Frozen

Shortfin mako

3,774

1,400

170

Frozen

Swordfish

49,590

23,081

115

Frozen

Blue shark

100

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

3,505

5,989

-41

Fresh

Skinless bonito

10,516

17,972

-41

Fresh

Shortfin mako

20

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

15,004

7,423

102

Fresh

Blue shark

170

330

-48

Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during week 32, volumes of albacore declined by 54 tonnes. The main port was Port en Lorient.

Table 3: Volumes landed on French national markets,
weeks 31 and 31, in kg

Species

Week 32

Week 31

% of variation

Albacore

41,919

95,507

-56

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 31, volumes of picked dogfish increased and those of swordfish, Atlantic albacore and bullet tuna declined. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 4: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 31 and 32, in kg

Species

Week 32

Week 31

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

495

301

64

Bullet tuna

1,080

675

60

Picked dogfish

149

202

-26

Swordfish

593

210

183

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

Prices

The prices of skipjack were the same as that of the previous week on the main markets. On the market of Bangkok, it was at USD 1,800/t. On Manta it was at USD 1,200/t. Prices of Indian Ocean volumes also remained at USD 950/t, and that on the market of Abidjan quoted at EUR 1,000/t.

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

Spain

In Spain, the prices of skipjack remained at EUR 900/t CFR Spain. That of yellowfin remained at EUR 2,500/t CFR Spain.

Table 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 32, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.50

> 10 kg/pc

2.40

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.80

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

0.90

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 32, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.50

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 7: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 32, 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, the price of fresh albacore increased due to the drop in supplies. Those for the rest of the species remained stable.

Table 8: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 32 and 31, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 32

Week 31

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

4.90

4.57

7

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.40

6.14

4

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18.00

18.00

0

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

Source: Mercabarna

France

At French ports, prices of albacore rose by EUR 0.01/ kg, partly due to the lower demand.

Table 9: Average prices at French ports,
weeks 32 and 31, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 32

Week 31

% of variation

Albacore

1.88

1.87

1

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

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

Table 10: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 32 and 31, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 32

Week 31

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

6.20

12.10

6.45

9.45

-4

28

Bullet tuna

3.00

6.00

3.00

6.50

0

-8

Picked dogfish

7.29

8.89

9.03

10.27

-19

-13

Swordfish

10.74

14.83

11.00

17.00

-2

-13

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

Markets

European Union

Table 11: Imports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
–whole, H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-May 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

61

134

7.56

7.26

Belgium

562

71

3.90

10.35

Bulgaria

 

7

 

1.01

Cyprus

29

16

3.40

4.38

Denmark

 

11

 

6.86

Slovaquia

 

19

 

2.86

Slovenia

 

0

 

16.00

Spain

2,051

4,205

3.72

3.93

Finland

 

0

 

21.83

France

1,323

2,518

5.21

5.00

Greece

151

132

3.01

3.45

Ireland

0

1

11.40

12.26

Italy

1,203

5,175

4.61

5.33

Letonia

0

 

8.20

 

Lithuania

0

0

8.77

11.87

Luxembourg

 

5

 

10.50

Malta

 

13

 

3.05

Netherlands

17

16

3.76

8.63

Poland

1

29

7.94

8.96

Portugal

1,453

2,040

4.03

4.06

United Kingdom

135

267

6.90

6.72

Czech Republic

0

1

33.90

11.80

Romania

 

17

 

1.51

Sweden

 

5

 

7.72

Average Total

6,987

14,683

7.75

7.62

 Source: Eurostat

Table 12: Exports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
–whole, H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-May 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

2

14

13.75

13.33

Belgium

0

2

11.50

8.64

Denmark

 

108

 

7.25

Spain

919

2,930

5.87

5.05

France

457

1,317

5.72

5.26

Greece

 

5

 

6.63

Italy

5

133

10.36

5.33

Letonia

0

0

6.17

12.40

Luxembourg

 

3

 

13.06

Netherlands

3

371

9.88

8.57

Portugal

2,363

3,034

3.78

3.98

United Kingdom

46

170

4.01

5.11

Czech Republic

1

1

33.30

24.25

Average Total

3,795

8,085

10.43

9.14

 Source: Eurostat

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