EUMOFA Monthly Highlights 2-2021 is online

This month’s issue analyzes first sales of striped venus (Spain, Italy) and whelk (France, Belgium Netherlands. The case studies of this month are “Horse mackerel in the EU” and “Fisheries and aquaculture in South Africa”.

The headline messages from this month’s market insights are listed below.

FIRST SALES IN EUROPE: Between January and November 2020, Estonia and Lithuania were the only surveyed countries that recorded an increase in both first-sales value and volume. In November 2020, higher sales of herring were behind the sharp increases in Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands, while sardine sales were behind first sales increase in Spain. The most recent weekly (up to week 8 of 2021) and monthly (December 2020) data for first sales in Europe can be accessed on the EUMOFA website.

FIRST SALES OF STRIPED VENUS AND WHELK: From December 2017 to November 2020, the average first-sales price of whelk in France was 2,12 EUR/kg, 52% higher than in Belgium (1,40 EUR/kg), and 47% greater than in the Netherlands (1,12 EUR/kg). Over the same period, the average first-sales price of striped venus in Spain was 4,95 EUR/kg, which was 113% higher than in Italy (2,32 EUR/kg).

EXTRA-EU IMPORTS: In 2018–2020, the price of live, fresh, or chilled mussels from Norway fluctuated between 2,04 and 7,09 EUR/kg.

CONSUMPTION: Cod is among the top three most consumed products in the EU with per capita consumption of 2,14 kg LWE in 2018. The most recent weekly (up to week 8 of 2021) consumption data can be accessed on the EUMOFA website.

HORSE MACKEREL IN THE EU: In 2020, first sales of Atlantic horse mackerel in the EU reached 76.000 tonnes worth EUR 70 million. Spain was the most important country, accounting for 54% of volume and 51% of value. Other major countries for first sales were Portugal and the Netherlands.

FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA: In 2019, the EU imported 80.597 tonnes of fisheries products from South Africa for a total value of over EUR 295 million. Hake, squid, and fishmeal constitute the bulk share of EU imports. Spain, Italy and Portugal are the main markets for imports from South Africa.

GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS: On 8 January 2021, the EU and Greenland concluded negotiations for a new four-year Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) and a new Protocol.

MACROECONOMIC CONTEXT: In January 2021 average prices for marine fuel ranged between 0,36 and 0,41 EUR/litre in ports in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Compared with December 2020, fuel prices were 6,5% higher.

The study is available in English, French and Spanish.

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