EUMOFA Monthly Highlights No. 4/2024 is online

This month’s issue analyses first sales of common sole in France, Italy and the Netherlands, and Greenland halibut in Germany, Norway and Spain. The case studies of this month are: “Fisheries in Falkland Islands” and “Lobster in the EU”.

FIRST SALES OF COMMON SOLE AND GREENLAND HALIBUT . Over the 36-month observation period (March 2021 – February 2024), the weighted average first-sales price of Greenland halibut in Spain was 5,21 EUR/kg; 41% higher than in Germany (1,71 EUR/kg), and 52% above the average price in Norway (3,43 EUR/kg). During the same period, the weighted average first-sales price of common sole in France was 17,36 EUR/kg, 89% higher than in Italy (9,19 EUR/kg) and 19% higher than in the Netherlands (14,56 EUR/kg).

EXTRA-EU IMPORTS. In 2024, the price of fresh or chilled gilt-head sea bream from Turkey showed an increasing trend. Price ranged between 5,00 EUR/kg and 5,49 EUR/kg, and volume fluctuated between 779 tonnes and 912 tonnes.

CONSUMPTION. This month we focus on octopus in Italy and Portugal. In 2023, the average monthly consumption of octopus was 855 tonnes in Italy and 204 tonnes in Portugal. Consumers paid an average of 15,63 EUR/kg in Italy and 10,77 EUR/kg in Portugal.

The most recent consumption data can be accessed here.

FISHERIES IN FALKLAND ISLANDS.In 2023, total catch volumes by all fleets fishing in the waters of the Falkland Islands amounted to 187.306 tonnes. Compared to 2022 catch figures, this was a 24% decrease in volume.

LOBSTER IN THE EU In 2021, the global production of lobster (Homarus Gammarus and Homarus Americanus) reached 171.694 tonnes, of which 1.398 tonnes were caught in the EU-27. Most of these catches occurred in the Northeast Atlantic (97%). The main EU producers were by far France (45% of the total EU catch) and Ireland (41%).

MACROECONOMIC CONTEXT. Average prices for marine fuel in April 2024 ranged between 0,68 and 0,82 EUR/litre in ports in France, Italy, Spain and the UK. Prices remained stable compared with the previous month and increased by an average of 5,6% compared with the same month in 2023.

Monthly Highlights 4/2024 is available for download here.


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