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EP 458 | AIRED 10/07/2019

Atlantic & Pacific Cod Market Updates and Predictions

October 7th, 2019 --- In this week's episode we report on the Atlantic and Pacific Cod Markets with predictions and up-to-date catch data. As Pacific Cod never seemed to recover from it's shaky start to the year, Atlantic Cod continued to strengthen with strong demand from the EU.

2019 Alaska Salmon Commercial Harvest Counter

(Harvest in thousands of fish)


Updated: October 7th, 2019 9:00am (View Previous Weeks Totals)

Latest prices out of China show MSC Certified Alaskan Trawl caught raw materials around $3300 per metric tonne USD putting the non-MSC Russian Trawl caught P. Cod at almost parity hovering around $3100 per metric tonne USD.

SINBAD Pacific Cod

Longline Pacific Cod prices are currently showing about a $600 difference between Alaskan and Russian caught with Alaska longline at $4100 and Russian longline between $3400 to $3500 per metric tonne USD.

This translates to between $1.41/lb to $1.86/lb USD for Pacific Cod raw materials in China.

As mentioned in a previous episode, The Russian Longline Pacific Cod fishery is to become MSC Certified before the end of the year.

Predictions for the Pacific Cod market are for prices to gradually strengthen before Chinese New Year as A. Cod and P. Cod have not seen such a big price gap for this long.

--- Moving onto Atlantic Cod, raw materials prices have held steady at around $4500 per metric tonne USD for majority of the year with latest figures out of China showing it strengthened to $4600 at the end of September.

This equates to $2.09/lb USD for Atlantic Cod raw materials in China.

This recent price increase can be attributed to the following:

- A slow down in catch from Norway with more of the raw materials going to EU processors over China.

- Scarce raw materials in China for EU value added production before Chinese New Year.

- And strengthened demand from the US mostly due to no tariffs.

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Predictions for the Atlantic Cod market are for prices to continue to be strong up to Chinese New Year as Norwegian catch has slowed down and a large amount of fish going to their domestic fresh market for salting.

Tradex Foods booked our Atlantic Cod production well ahead of Chinese New Year so if you are looking for Atlantic Cod products please contact us.

SINBAD Atlantic Cod

--- Moving on to catch data, let's take a look at Alaskan Pacific Cod.

In the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands about 144,000 metric tonnes of Pacific Cod has been harvested and 8,700 in the Gulf of Alaska harvesting about 82 percent of the total allowable catch.

In 2018, 98 percent of the 216,000 Total Allowable Catch was harvested in Alaska.

--- In Russia, catch totals and catch limits for Pacific Cod have been on an upward course over recent years with 2017 seeing 102,500 metric tonnes harvested and 2018 seeing 133,000 metric tonnes.

The 2019 Total Allowable Catch for Russian Pacific Cod is 155,800 metric tonnes.

Latest catch data up to quarter 1 shows about 43,000 metric tonnes (or 28 percent) harvested in Russia.

The Russian Pacific Cod fishery operates all year round.

--- Lastly onto Atlantic Cod catch totals.

The Joint Norwegian and Russia 2019 Cod Quota was set at 746,000 metric tonnes where latest catch totals show about 268,000 metric tonnes (or 36 percent) have been harvested in waters North of the 62nd parallel.

In 2018, just over 370,000 metric tonnes were harvested and in 2017 almost 417,000 metric tonnes of Cod were harvested.

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