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Sea Bass/Sea Bream/Sole/Turbot

 
Report Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
 
 
 

This market reports focuses on harvests of seabream, seabass and turbot in the EU, especially in Spain. We also highlight harvests, prices, markets, imports and exports.

European Union

Turbot (Psetta maxima), European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata)

Production

Spain

In October, on the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, incoming volumes of aquaculture species increased mainly in large seabream and in small and medium seabass. Those of croaker, large seabass and turbot declined.

Table 1: Incoming volumes of the main aquaculture species
on Mercamadrid

Item

Volume (kg)

Variation (%)

October

September

Croaker

11,052

20,903

-47

Aquaculture seabream 300-400 g

226,893

211,577

7

Aquaculture seabream 400-400 g

144,780

144,580

0

Aquaculture seabream over 600 g

68,068

60,418

13

Small seabass

192,053

176,001

9

Medium-sized seabass

149,380

136,891

9

Large seabass

64,936

73,981

-12

Turbot

47,012

53,335

-12

Source: Mercamadrid

During October, incoming volumes on Mercabarna increased in the case of seabass, and they declined in croaker, turbot and seabream.

Prices

Spain

On Mercamadrid, in October, average prices declined slightly in the case of seabass and seabream due to a rise in supplies. That of turbot increased due to the decline in supplies.

Table 2: Average wholesale prices of aquaculture species,
in EUR/kg ExWarehouse Spain

Item

Average price (EUR/kg)

Variation (%)

October

September

Croaker

10.50

10.50

0

Aquaculture seabream 300-400 g

4.23

4.28

-1

Aquaculture seabream 400-400 g

5.70

5.86

-3

Aquaculture seabream over 600 g

9.13

9.55

-4

Small seabass

4.50

4.83

-7

Medium-sized seabass

5.79

6.02

-4

Large seabass

9.12

9.50

-4

Turbot

9.75

8.88

10

Source: FIS.com

On Mercabarna, average prices increased in the case of croaker in October, compared with the previous month, due to a drop in supplies. Those of turbot and seabream declined due to the lower demand. Those of seabass also dropped due to the rise in supplies.

Markets

European Union

Table 3: Imports of the EU, communitarian and extra-communitarian,
of turbot, seabass and seabream, fresh, January-July 2017/2016

Product

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Turbot

Extra EU

308

185

10.20

9,52

European Union

6,043

4.063

7.82

7,60

Total turbot

6.351

4,247

9,01

8.56

European seabass

Extra EU

26,591

12.383

4.98

5,30

European Union

30,767

19.388

5.67

5,97

Total seabass

57.359

31,771

5,32

5.63

Gilthead seabream

Extra EU

39,154

18.577

4.38

4,65

European Union

34,107

20.312

4.89

5,31

Total seabream

73.261

38,889

4,63

4.98

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 4: Exports of the EU, communitarian and extra-communitarian,
of turbot, seabass and seabream, fresh, January-July 2017/2016

Product

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Turbot

Extra EU

533

280

11.62

12.61

European Union

7,619

4.489

7.93

8.68

Total turbot

8.153

4,769

9,77

10.65

European seabass

Extra EU

5,526

2.264

6.99

6.82

European Union

50,230

30.036

5.83

5.98

Total seabass

55.755

32,300

6.41

6.40

Gilthead seabream

Extra EU

6,636

3.795

5.65

5,80

European Union

62,567

32.852

4.92

5,37

Total seabream

69.203

36,647

5.29

5.59

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 5: Imports of fresh turbot in the EU,
January-July 2017/2016

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Netherlands

966

612

10.24

9.78

United Kingdom

755

450

7.64

8.07

France

283

208

9.40

9.40

Denmark

306

158

9.63

9.09

Norway

183

121

8.43

8.12

Morocco

124

63

12.82

12.19

Belgium

90

45

8.69

9.13

Italy

100

24

7.45

10.86

Other (17)

194

152

221.78

173.76

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 6: Imports of fresh seabass in the EU,
January-July 2017/2016

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Turkey

26,526

12,290

4.96

5.26

Greece

16,233

9,191

5.26

5.39

Netherlands

6,566

2,952

5.25

6.55

Spain

4,708

3,896

7.13

6.43

Italy

2,296

442

2.50

6.08

Germany

856

909

5.09

5.41

Croatia

868

863

6.29

6.28

France

478

740

14.44

7.14

United Kingdom

347

241

9.21

8.56

Belgium

348

21

5.64

10.99

Other (22)

611

226

191.12

172.76

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 7: Imports of fresh seabream in the EU,
January-July 2017/2016

Origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Turkey

38,725

18,434

4.34

4.59

Greece

21,464

11,207

4.75

5.05

Spain

6,944

4,720

5.72

5.94

Netherlands

3,241

1,470

4.37

4.76

Italy

1,726

801

4.42

5.20

Germany

890

944

4.28

4.62

Croatia

472

496

6.57

6.49

Malta

329

246

4.35

5.06

France

173

150

8.20

10.27

United Kingdom

208

110

4.95

5.00

Other (22)

1,132

309

142.01

163.95

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 8: Exports of fresh turbot in the EU,
January-May 2017/2016

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Spain

3,075

1,400

7.14

7.91

Italy

2,567

1,423

8.06

8.55

France

1,369

624

6.86

9.33

Germany

458

292

12.12

11.45

Netherlands

190

239

9.11

7.64

Portugal

244

124

9.49

9.04

United Kingdom

114

134

8.76

8.49

Turkey

155

77

3.51

3.57

United States

132

77

10.82

9.66

Switzerland

89

58

14.88

15.50

Other (60)

432

319

1531.79

996.94

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 9: Exports of fresh seabass in the EU,
January-May 2017/2016

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Italy

24,576

14,111

5.69

5.84

Portugal

7,242

4,653

6.04

5.74

France

6,068

3,395

6.08

6.14

Spain

7,394

1,703

5.33

5.74

United Kingdom

2,827

2,250

5.77

5.98

Netherlands

1,863

1,319

6.30

6.35

United States

1,557

652

7.87

7.72

Germany

1,279

772

7.67

7.73

Israel

1,512

512

6.00

5.78

Bulgaria

787

387

5.42

5.56

Other (60)

4,345

2,545

474.07

437.06

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

Table 10: Exports of fresh seabream in the EU,
January-May 2017/2016

Destination

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Italy

26,444

14,279

4.77

5.25

Portugal

9,877

5,500

5.29

5.60

France

9,383

4,789

5.00

5.33

Spain

11,014

2,356

4.81

5.16

Israel

3,575

2,241

5.09

5.18

Germany

3,236

1,728

5.18

5.70

Netherlands

2,212

1,473

5.23

5.37

United Kingdom

1,311

851

4.97

5.29

Switzerland

1,304

612

8.19

8.59

Bulgaria

1,114

421

4.42

5.09

Other (53)

4,343

2,394

318.82

281.10

 Source: Eurostat (Preliminary information)

By Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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