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Un commerce plus dynamique des seiches [novembre 2016]
It seems that the cuttlefish trade has been more dynamic as of late. During the first quarter of 2016, imports into Japan increased by almost 20%. Spanish imports of cuttlefish went up by 15% during the same period.
The main suppliers to Japan were Thailand and Morocco, while the main suppliers to Spain were Morocco, France and Mauritania. Morocco accounted for as much as two thirds of Spanish imports during this period.

Un aperçu du marché des pieuvres au premier trimestre de 2016 [octobre 2016]
In Spain, authorities and the fishing industry agreed on imposing a ban on octopus fishing in Galician waters for a six-week period, from 20 May 20 until 4 July, and imposing catch limitations thereafter in an effort to improve the stocks in these waters. The action was the result of an analysis that was undertaken from December 2015 to May 2016. During this period, prices were solid as a result of earlier restrictions. In the beginning of June, supplies of fresh cooked octopus and frozen octopus in Mercamadrid, a Spanish food distribution company, increased.

During the first quarter of 2016, Japanese imports of frozen octopus fell by 13.4%. The main reductions came from lower shipments from Mauritania, which shipped 49% less than during the same period in 2015. Shipments from Morocco and China both went up.

Spanish octopus imports, on the other hand, grew by 11.5% during the first quarter period, to 15 500 tonnes. The main supplier, Morocco, increased exports to Spain by almost 22%, to total 10 000 tonnes. For the other suppliers there were only minor changes.

US octopus imports declined by some 17% during the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015. Imports fell from 5 700 tonnes in 2015 to 4 700 tonnes in 2016.
Baisse des débarquements des calamars et montée en flèche des prix [octobre 2016]
Landings of illex squid off the South American coast in 2015 were about 25% below 2014 figures. Total Argentine landings of Illex argentinus for 2015 amounted to 126 500 tonnes. For 2016, the situation is even more dire.

According to authorities, illex catches in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) so far this season were just 2 000 tonnes, an extreme drop compared with 170 000 tonnes during the same period last year. In fact, catches have been so low that the authorities are considering reimbursing part of the licence fees to vessels.

The loligo fishery has shown more encouraging signs. In 2015, Argentine loligo landings hit a record 358 000 tonnes, up from 306 000 tonnes in 2014. In 2016, loligo landings are expected to fall again, but not as dramatically as is the case for illex.

In Argentine waters, production figures are a bit brighter, but still below landings last year. The poor landings off South America are generally attributed to the strong El Niño in 2015/2016. However, scientists are now expecting the current El Niño to taper off and temperature conditions to return to normal. This should bring about an improvement in landings over the next year.

El Niño is having the same effect on squid fisheries further north, along the California coast. Squid supplies are very tight locally, and this is affecting local restaurants as well as the squid fishermen.
According to Undercurrent News, the shortage of illex may lead some retailers to shift their sourcing to giant squid from Peru. Retail demand for squid in Europe is strong, but supplies and inventories are low.

In terms of trade, for the first quarter of 2016, there was a slight decline in Japanese imports of squid. Imports fell from 16 400 tonnes during the first quarter of 2015 to 15 200 tonnes during the same period in 2016 (-7.3%). Both the leading supplier, China, and the second largest supplier, Peru, shipped less squid to Japan during this period, while shipments from Chile went up by 300 tonnes (+27.2%).
Les stocks de pieuvres ont augmenté, ce qui s'est traduit par une baisse des prix sur les principaux marchés [juillet 2016]
Supplies of octopus improved significantly in 2015, and this is reflected in trade statistics. Japanese imports increased strongly during the first nine months of 2015, and this trend continued through the fourth quarter. Total octopus imports into Japan in 2015 amounted to 50 900 tonnes, up 27.6% compared with 2014. However, it should be noted that Japanese octopus imports were rather low in 2014, at 39 900 tonnes, compared with 58 400 tonnes in 2013. This was related to slow demand in 2914 as well as tighter supplies. As can be seen from the 2015 rising import trend, demand has recovered. The two major suppliers (Morocco and Mauritania) both increased shipments to Japan in 2015, while other suppliers experienced little change.

Spanish octopus imports also took a jump in 2015, from 46 900 tonnes in 2014 to 56 500 tonnes in 2015. Again, improved supplies from Mauritania and Morocco accounted for practically all of the increase, while the other suppliers remained level.

Over the years, a number of researchers have tried to achieve success in octopus farming, with varied results. Now, the Mariculture Experimental Station of the National Institute for Fisheries Research in Argentina has reported some success with their farming experiments. By the end of 2016, the researchers hope to have adult and juvenile specimens as well as eggs for acclimatization to captivity. At the same time, the Kanaloa Octopus Farm on Hawaii is working on experiments to rear octopus in an aquarium. The owners hope to be able to produce octopus for heman consumption soon.
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vendredi 18 janvier 2019
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Les directeurs du Réseau Info Centres se réunissent à Conxemar, Vigo
En octobre de chaque année, l'Association espagnole des grossistes, importateurs, fabricants et exportateurs de poissons et d'aquaculture organise l'exposition internationale de fruits de mer surgelés (Conxemar) à Vigo, en Espagne.

Parallèlement à cet événement, Conxemar détient conjointement une conférence internationale en collaboration avec la FAO. Cette année, la conférence a été consacrée à céphalopodes, un groupe de mollusques qui comprend calmars, seiches et pieuvres. La conférence est également le cadre de divers événements parallèles tels que le dialogue de Vigo sur le travail décent dans les pêches et l'aquaculture et la réunion du Réseau d'information sur les poissons (FIN).


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