EUMOFA Monthly Highlights No. 6/2022 is online

This month’s issue analyses first sales of common sole (France, Italy, Spain) and European plaice (France, the Netherlands, Sweden). The case studies of this month are: “Atlantic herring in the EU”; “Organic aquaculture in the EU: main findings”.

FIRST SALES IN EUROPE. In March 2022, compared to March 2021 increased only in Estonia and the United Kingdom. Sprat and herring facilitated the increase in Estonia, while in the United Kingdom it was mainly mackerel and monkfish. The most recent weekly (up to week 25 of 2022) and monthly (April 2022) data for first sales in Europe can be accessed on the EUMOFA website.

FIRST SALES OF COMMON SHRIMP AND RED AND BLUE SHRIMP. From April 2018 to March 2022, the weighted average first-sales price of common sole in Spain was 16,57 EUR/kg, 9% higher than in France (15,18 EUR/kg), and 78% greater than that of Italy (9,31 EUR/kg). In the same period, the weighted average first-sales price of European plaice was the highest in France at 2,51 EUR/kg. That price was 9% over that in the Netherlands (2,30 EUR/kg), and more than three times higher (319%) over the weighted average price in Sweden (0,60 EUR/kg).

EXTRA-EU IMPORTS. Price and volume of frozen crawfish tails from the Bahamas exhibited an upward trend in 2022. Price ranged from 48,97 to 58,05 EUR/kg and weekly supply ranged from 0,4 to 79 tonnes.

CONSUMPTION. Over the past three years (April 2019 – March 2022) the volume of average yearly household consumption of squid in Italy was 13.244 tonnes. Italian consumers spent on average 12,79 EUR for 1 kg of squid during the same period. The most recent weekly consumption data (up to week 25 of 2022) can be accessed on the EUMOFA website.

ATLANTIC HERRING IN THE EU. In the period from 2017 to 2021, EU herring imports varied from 210.000 tonnes to around 237.000 tonnes per year, and values varied between EUR 230 million to above EUR 271 million.

ORGANIC AQUACULTURE IN THE EU: main findings. The main EU producers in organic aquaculture are Ireland (salmon and mussel), Italy (mussel and finfish), France (oyster, mussel, and trout), the Netherlands (mussel), Spain (mussel and sturgeon), and Germany, Denmark and Bulgaria (mussel).

GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS. In January 2022, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Norway commissioned the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences to map the status of diversity and gender equality in the maritime industry.

MACROECONOMIC CONTEXT. Average prices for marine fuel in June 2022 ranged between 1,1 and 1,2 EUR/litre in ports in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Prices increased by an average of about 12,2% compared with the previous month, and they also increased by an average of 142,1% compared with the same month in 2021.

Monthly Highlights 6/2022 is available in English, French and Spanish.

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