EUMOFA,European Market Observatory for fisheries and aquaculture products - Monthly highlights
For the month of December 2012, nine Member States (MS) reported first-sales monthly data for ten commodity groups. First sales decreased for all countries, both in volume and value, compared with the previous month. This month, we focus on Portugal and Sweden, first sales of cod, octopus, sardine and sprat and we analyse prices along the supply chain for fresh mussels in Spain. In January 2013, the Portuguese purse seine sardine fishery regained its certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), identifying it as a sustainable fishery. New opportunities for importers are emerging in... Asia, for example for wild shrimps from Myanmar, as the EU trade restrictions on this country begin to lift. The current economic trend and uncertainties negatively affect the global trade in fish and fishery products, as revealed by the decreased export of fishery products to the EU. Consumer response to the economic crisis varies from country to country, and changes have been observed in traditional fish consumption patterns.