EUMOFA Monthly Highlights No. 11/2021 is online

This month’s issue analyses first sales of chub mackerel (Italy, Portugal, Spain) and European sprat (Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia). The case studies of this month are: “Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Philippines”; “Eurobarometer survey on fisheries and aquaculture products consumption in the EU”.

FIRST SALES IN EUROPE. In September 2021, compared to September 2020, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, and the United Kingdom recorded an increase in both the first-sales value and volume of fisheries and aquaculture products. Read more. The most recent weekly (up to week 52 of 2021) and monthly (October 2021) data for first sales in Europe on the EUMOFA website.

FIRST SALES OF CHUB MACKEREL AND EUROPEAN SPRAT. From October 2018 to September 2021, the weighted average first-sales price of chub mackerel in Italy was 1,18 EUR/kg, 197% higher than in Portugal (0,40 EUR/kg), and 71% higher than in Spain (0,69 EUR/kg). Read more. The average first-sales price of European sprat in Bulgaria over the same period was 0,31 EUR/kg, 21% higher than in Denmark (0,26 EUR/kg), and 80% higher than in Estonia (0,17 EUR/kg). Read more.

EXTRA-EU IMPORTS. Since the beginning of 2021, both price and volume of frozen mackerel from the Faroe Islands have shown a decreasing trend. Price ranged from 1,06 to 1,81 EUR/kg, and volume from 22 to 4.442 tonnes. Read more.

CONSUMPTION. France is an example of an EU Member State where per capita apparent consumption of fisheries and aquaculture products is above the EU average. In 2018, this amounted to 33,52 kg per capita, an increase of 1% from the previous year, and 38% higher than the EU average. Read more. The most recent weekly (up to week 52 of 2021) consumption data can be accessed on the EUMOFA website.

FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE IN THE PHILIPPINES. EU exports of fisheries and aquaculture products to the Philippines had an upward trend since 2017 to 2019, going from 5.717 tonnes to 10.518 tonnes. In 2020, the export volumes decreased and were 41% lower than a year before, reaching 6.170 tonnes. Read more.

EUROBAROMETER SURVEY ON FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE PRODUCTS CONSUMPTION IN THE EU. The latest Eurobarometer survey on EU consumer habits relating to fisheries and aquaculture products (FAPs) shows that the COVID-19 crisis did not seem to significantly affect the consumption of seafood within the EU. Nearly two-thirds of Europeans (64%) eat fisheries or aquaculture products at home at least once a month and 7% report eating them at least once a week. Among EU countries, Romania was the most affected, with 44% of respondents saying that their consumption of FAPs either increased (20%) or decreased (24%) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS. The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) adopted its new 2030 Strategy for the Mediterranean and Black Seas, at the end of its 44th annual session on 6 November 2021. Read more.

MACROECONOMIC CONTEXT. Average prices for marine fuel in September 2021 ranged between 0,56 and 0,61 EUR/litre in ports in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Prices increased by an average of around 14,8% compared with the previous month and increased by an average of 92,6% compared with the same month in 2020. Read more.

Monthly Highlights 11/2021 is available in English, French and Spanish.

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