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Strong lobster supplies but weakening demand in China and Europe [August 2016]
In 2015, global trade of lobsters declined slightly compared with 2014. Total imports went from 193 300 tonnes in 2014 to 190 000 tonnes in 2015. The largest importer was the USA, with imports increasing. Canada registered a slight decline in imports, while the third largest importer, China, increased its import volume by 3.3%. Other large importers include Italy, France and Spain.

While US imports of lobster increased in 2015, US exports declined by 4.3%. About 55% of US exports go north across the border to Canada, but in 2015 this trade declined by 3.5%. US exports to the EU also declined, by 10%. Exports to China, on the other hand, increased by 5.4%.
EU lobster imports declined very slightly in 2015, from 42 200 tonnes in 2014 to 41 900 tonnes in 2015 (-0.7%). While the USA shipped slightly less to the EU, Canada shipped slightly more.

The EU market for American lobster has been stagnant for some years, with the exception of the UK. While all of the main European countries have shown a decline in imports of American lobster (Homarus spp.), the UK has registered steady growth in imports of this product. The main reason for this development seems to be greater market exposure. Several restaurants and retailers are now offering American lobster in various forms, and consequently, the market has expanded.

Chinese demand for lobster grew in 2014-2015. Though this growth was expected to continue, an increase has not occurred, mainly due to the slowdown in the Chinese economy. This slowdown, coupled with significant increases in supply, have pushed Chinese prices down during the first quarter of 2016. In addition, it is expected that the New England lobster season will be earlier this year due to warmer waters in the region, and that will subsequently put extra pressure on prices.

Crab lower supplies and somewhat higher prices depending on market [August 2016]
With only one tanner crab processing plant left in Alaska, which by law cannot process more than 30% of the total volume, a significant amount of this species may be left unprocessed, unless regulators come up with a regulation change. The California dungeness crab fishery is still closed due to high occurrences of domoic acid in the crabs caught. California crabbers are now pushing for changes in the regulations so that they can resume the fishery.

The Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) has approved a quota of 41 500 tonnes of snow crab to be caught in the Russian Far East in 2016. This is slightly higher than 2015, when the quota was 39 500 tonnes. At the same time, Russian authorities are introducing incentives to assure that more of the snow crab caught in Russian waters is sold on the domestic market. Currently, most of the catch is exported.

In recent years, snow crab has become a popular target for Norwegian crab fishermen. At the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) in March in Bergen, Norway, it was estimated that Norwegian catches of snow crab might increase rapidly, from 200 tonnes in 2013 and 9 800 tonnes in 2015 to as much as 50 000 to 75 000 tonnes within ten years. New investments will be needed, particularly to enable the fleet to land the crab live for on-shore processing (Source: NASF).

Problems for Vietnamese pangasius producers [July 2016]
According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the value of Vietn Nam's tra catfish is expected to continue to fall this in 2016.

Officials anticipate that the value of the tra fish export will see a year-on-year drop of 5% to USD 1.5 billion in 2016. According to VASEP, in 2015, the total value of tra fish exports reached USD 1.6 billion, which was 10% lower than the value in 2014. Meanwhile, the year-on-year value of tra fish exports rose in new markets; by 17% to the UK, 42% to mainland China and Hong Kong SAR, and 2.4% to Saudi Arabia in 2015.

However, 2015 was a difficult year for Vietnamese exports of tra fish products in most large markets. Challenges included lower demand, stagnant selling prices as well as increasingly stricter standards on quality, food hygiene and safety. Of particular concern to the industry has been the recent US preliminary result of its anti-dumping administrative review (POR-11) on Vietnamese tra fish fillets.

Current raw material prices are reported to have risen and on 15 March 2016 were quoted at VND 21 500 per kg compared with VND 20.500 per kg, the price quoted a week prior. This price increase is due to a shortage in supply from the Mekong Delta Province. Industry sources reported that the shortage will peak during April to August 2016 when exports are usually high. This is expected to put further upward pressure on prices.
Fishmeal and fish oil - Analysis of 3rd quarter 2015 [February 2016]
The market has been very quiet due to the largest fishmeal importing country, China, waiting for a further price correction with many buyers putting trade on hold. In the first nine months of 2015, both Peru and Chile recorded the lowest export volumes over the past six years. After the long rationalization of fishmeal and fish oil prices over the first half of 2015, high expectations for a strong El Niño have started to push up prices again in the third quarter. However, the authorization of the second anchovy fishing season in Peru reduced pressure on supply for the near term. In the long term, the general upward trend of fishmeal and fish oil prices is irreversible.

Fishmeal production for the first nine months from IFFO member countries decreased slightly. This decline is mostly due to the extended impacts of the cancellation of the 2014 second fishing season in Peru based on a negative finding by IMARPE on anchovy biomass. According to Undercurrent News, the daily catch level of anchovy in Peru was around 21 000 tonnes in November, while the overall quota for the second fishing season was set at 1.11 million tonnes, and catches so far did not include a high proportion of juveniles. In Europe, production remained stable during the first nine months of the year but was not able to contribute significantly to fill the supply gap.

For fish oil, production in the first nine months stayed stable compared with the same period last year, with slightly less contributions from Peru and Chile. The higher quota of menhaden will help with supply levels.

Fishmeal Market Report - January 2010 [January 2010]

Fishmeal production continues to decline

Total fishmeal production by the five major producers declined in 2009, continuing a trend started some years ago. Chile is the only country reporting any increase in production, while all others reported lower outputs. Prices have started to move upwards since some months now, and further price increases are likely
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Sunday 19 November 2017
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Fish Info Network Directors meet at Conxemar, Vigo
In October each year the Spanish Association of Wholesalers, Importers, Manufacturers and Exporters of Fish products and Aquaculture (Conxemar) organizes the International Frozen Seafood Exhibition in Vigo, Spain.

Back to back with this event Conxemar jointly holds an international conference together with FAO. This year the conference was dedicated to cephalopods, a group of molluscs that includes squids, cuttlefishes, and octopus. The conference also provides the backdrop for various side events such as the Vigo dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture, and the meeting of the Fish Info Network (FIN).
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