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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, June 22, 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 - Northern bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – 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) was JPY 1,690/kg in April, up 9% on that of March and down 8% on that of April 2015. In the four months, the average was USD 1,621/kg, down 6% on that of the same period in 2015.

Table 1: Average prices for frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000)
at Japan Customs, years 2016-2015, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR: Apr/16 Mar/16

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR:  Apr/16 Apr/15

April 16

March 16

April 15

Spain

-

2,331

-

3,050

-

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

2,985

2,391

+25%

3,132

-5%

Turkey

2,253

1,321

+71%

-

-

Croatia

2,495

1,747

+43%

-

-

Mexico

1,491

1,535

-3%

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin imports
(HS 030345000 y 030346000) at Japan Customs,
years 2012—2016, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports reached 42 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 71 million at Japanese Customs, down 86% in volume and 85% in value on those of the previous month and down 94% in volume and value respectively on those of April 2015.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2012/2016

Source: Customs

During the period, imports reached 644 tonnes, worth JPY 1,044 million, down 80% in volume and 81% in value on those of the previous year.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), in tonnes, 2012-2016

Source: Japan Customs

In the four months, Mexico sent 226 tonnes of frozen bluefin to Japan, worth JPY 346 million.

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January-April 2016, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, during week 24, supplies of frozen and fresh swordfish, shortfin mako and albacore increased. That of frozen blue shark declined. The bulkiest volume was that of swordfish.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid

Conservation

Product

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 24

Week 23

Evolution

2016

2015

Evolution

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

20,344

14,146

44

327

371

-12

Frozen

Skinless bonito

6,261

6,229

1

268

207

30

Frozen

Shortfin mako

3,000

700

329

62

56

11

Frozen

Swordfish

97,182

50,696

92

1,242

1,405

-12

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

20,344

14,146

44

327

371

-12

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6,261

6,229

1

268

207

30

Fresh

Shortfin mako

3,000

700

329

62

56

11

Fresh

Swordfish

97,182

50,696

92

1,242

1,405

-12

Fresh

Blue shark

 

1,200

-

4

25

-85

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 24, volumes of bullet tuna and swordfish increased, slightly in the latter. Those of Atlantic albacore dropped slightly. Volumes of picked dogfish were not significant. Aci Trezza was the main port of these landed volumes.

Table 3: Volumes traded at Italian ports

Species

Volume 2016 (kg)

Cumulative volume (mt)

Week 24

Week 23

% of variation

Year 2016

Year 2015

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

680

730

-7

13

12

10

Bullet tuna

1,480

1,105

34

23

21

13

Picked dogfish

14

7

99

0

1

-84

Swordfish

550

500

10

12

11

14

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,650/kg.

Spain

In Spain, prices of both yellowfin and skipjack increased due to the drop in volumes registered in the Pacific and the Atlantic. The price of yellowfin rose to EUR 2,550/t EXW Spain. The price of skipjack > 10 kg remained at EUR 1,550/t EXW Spain. Prices of swordfish increased by about EUR 0.50/kg.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 24, 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

1.35

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.50

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.55

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices of frozen precooked tuna loins,
in Spain, week 24, 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 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 24, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

12.90

Skin-on and boneless

11.50

Slice

7.40

H&G

25/50 kg

6.20

50/70 kg

6.10

70/100 kg

5.90

+ 100 kg

5.70

Source: FIS.com

Prices of shorfin mako increased on Mercamadrid during week 24, due to a much higher demand. Those of albacore and swordfish declined due to a rise in supplies.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 24 and 23 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 24

Week 23

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

4.41

4.58

-4

Frozen

Skinless bonito

5.34

5.37

-1

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.54

4.06

12

Frozen

Swordfish

15.28

16.13

-5

Frozen

Blue shark

 

3.31

-100

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4.41

4.58

-4

Fresh

Skinless bonito

5.34

5.37

-1

Fresh

Shortfin mako

4.54

4.06

12

Fresh

Swordfish

15.28

16.13

-5

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

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

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 24 and 23 of 2016, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 24

Week 23

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

2.47

4.81

2.23

4.37

11

10

Bullet tuna

3.17

6.17

2.90

5.70

9

8

Picked dogfish

4.15

4.25

3.61

3.75

15

14

Swordfish

5.38

10.42

5.35

10.75

0

-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-March 2016/2015

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

The Seychelles

3,800

3,010

1.57

1.80

Philippines

3,706

1,897

1.68

1.93

Republic of Green Cape

3,713

1,835

1.78

1.77

South Korea

1,699

3,657

3.43

1.64

Guatemala

1,296

2,956

1.55

1.84

Curaçao

2,446

1,581

1.45

1.53

Vietnam

2,588

658

2.65

3.63

Panama

744

2,388

1.58

1.68

Mexico

2,000

693

2.05

2.18

France

2,234

109

16.79

12.77

Mauritius

610

1,608

1.67

1.75

Thailand

1,561

628

3.15

3.84

Spain

804

1,178

4.63

2.32

Senegal

1,396

449

1.68

1.95

Extra, undetermined territories

1,183

510

1.76

1.46

Ecuador

645

597

1.70

2.15

Papua New Guinea

370

698

1.47

1.86

Belice

849

 

1.83

 

Nicaragua

294

421

1.30

1.74

El Salvador

597

 

1.81

 

China

81

431

1.49

1.76

Ivory coast

411

 

1.95

 

Peru

 

279

 

1.71

Indonesia

159

100

2.47

2.39

United States

 

239

 

1.65

Ghana

80

127

1.70

2.05

Costa Rica

144

 

2.04

 

India

75

62

2.14

2.93

United Kingdom

91

20

12.47

10.56

South Africa

80

28

2.01

2.57

Portugal

69

9

9.02

3.28

Others

140

64

6.46

6.26

Total

33,861

26,230

3.05

1.96

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 10: Exports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
by the European Union countries, January-March 2016/2015

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2016

2015

2016

2015

The Seychelles

6,620

5,842

1.25

1.54

Mauritius

5,038

6,440

1.05

1.29

Ghana

3,197

3,195

1.43

1.48

Ivory coast

2,724

3,216

1.26

1.68

Spain

3,532

2,122

1.97

1.81

Italy

1,426

1,474

5.00

4.84

Turkey

1,528

271

1.33

1.66

Madagascar

894

746

0.89

0.92

Vietnam

 

1,530

 

1.75

Ecuador

243

1,153

1.43

1.48

Portugal

818

181

3.47

3.43

Thailand

 

978

 

1.17

Mauritania

679

52

1.11

0.95

El Salvador

147

263

1.00

1.47

Croatia

258

69

1.71

3.35

Republic of Green Cape

80

203

1.08

1.74

France

149

18

6.20

6.80

Tunisia

162

 

1.22

 

Algeria

126

0

2.25

0.70

Oman

115

 

1.46

 

Denmark

23

34

21.71

11.27

Philippines

56

 

1.80

 

Senegal

55

 

1.55

 

Germany

30

14

6.44

5.59

South Korea

2

41

18.93

2.49

Serbia

21

21

2.17

1.71

Morocco

38

 

1.34

 

Netherlands

19

5

14.25

14.08

Ireland

8

14

6.17

4.43

Sweden

7

7

14.82

9.86

Others

65

15

8.94

9.16

Total

28,058

27,903

1.66

1.71

  Source: Eurostat (Temporary information)

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