EUMOFA Monthly Highlights 3-2021 is online

This month’s issue analyzes first sales of blackbellied angler (Italy, Portugal, Spain) and gilthead seabream (France, Portugal, Spain). The case studies of this month are “Rock lobster in the EU” and “Fisheries and aquaculture in Indonesia”.

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

FIRST SALES IN EUROPE: Between January and December 2020, Estonia and Lithuania were the only surveyed countries that recorded an increase in both first-sales value and volume. In December 2020, higher sales of Norway pout were behind sharp increases in first sales in Denmark, while herring and sprat sales were behind first sales increases in Lithuania and Sweden. The most recent weekly (up to week 11 of 2021) and monthly (January 2021) data for first sales in Europe can be accessed on the EUMOFA website.

FIRST SALES OF STRIPED VENUS AND WHELK: From January 2018 to December 2020, the average first-sales price of blackbellied angler in Italy was 7,59 EUR/kg, 10% higher than in Portugal (6,89 EUR/kg), and 31% greater than that of Spain (5,80 EUR/kg). Over the same period, the average first-sales price of gilthead seabream in France was 12,00 EUR/kg, nearly equal to that of Portugal (12,01 EUR/kg), and 28% greater than in Spain (9,35 EUR/kg).

EXTRA-EU IMPORTS: In January 2021, the price of fresh or chilled seabass from Turkey increased slightly, while volume exhibited a downward trend.

CONSUMPTION: n Germany, per capita apparent consumption of fisheries and aquaculture products increased by 3% from 2017 to 2018, reaching 14,50 kg in LWE. This is still 40% less than the EU average (24,36 kg LWE). The most recent weekly (up to week 8 of 2021) consumption data can be accessed on the EUMOFA website.

ROCK LOBSTER IN THE EU: In 2019, the EU had a trade deficit for rock lobster products, amounting to EUR 60 million.

FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE IN INDONESIA: From January to November 2020, the EU imported 50.151 tonnes of marine and aquaculture products from Indonesia. In 2019, the total reached 61.247 tonnes.

GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS: On 10 February 2021, the European Union and Gabon established a new Protocol to their Fisheries Agreement.

MACROECONOMIC CONTEXT: In February 2021, average prices for marine fuel ranged between 0,39 and 0,45 EUR/litre in ports in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Compared with February 2020, fuel prices were 7,9% lower.

The study is available in English, French and Spanish.

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