EUMOFA, European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products - Monthly highlights
N°7, July 2013
This month’s highlights focus on first-sales data for ten commodity groups from nine Member States. Denmark, Portugal, and Sweden experienced increases in both first-sales value and volume. Greece and the UK saw increases in value and decreases in volume. Latvia registered the greatest decreases in both value and volume. First sales of picarel and sardine in Greece and scallop and monk in the UK receive special emphasis in this issue. On 1 July 2013, Croatia officially became the EU’s 28th Member State. Croatia has a coastline of 5.835 km and more than 1.000 islands, and Croatia’s fisheries... and aquaculture are an essential source of year-round income for the local communities. The country is a net exporter of fish and seafood products, and more than 40% of its export value is absorbed by the EU, particularly Italy. Despite having increased over the past years, the yearly per capita consumption of fish and seafood (ca. 9,0 kg) is significantly lower than other Mediterranean countries. Retail prices of fresh cod fillets in Belgium, France, Sweden, and the UK vary between ca. 12,0 and 15,0 EUR/kg. Price convergence is observed. Prices in Belgium are fairly stable while they register large fluctuations in Sweden. French and Greek fresh seabass retail prices differ significantly, for both farmed and wild species.