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Seafood Trade

edited by James L. Anderson


  • The first comprehensive updateable treatment of the world wide meat market place
  • The first book to provide a comprehensive overview of this complex and dynamic business
  • Written by one of the world's leading authorities on the seafood industry and its economics
  • Features additional contributions from a range of specialist researchers and practitioners
  • Examines trading volumes and patterns in each of the major seafood groups shrimp and prawns; salmon and trout; tuna; groundfish; crab and lobster; and caphalopods

International Seafood Trade examines every link in the market chain which leads from the world's seas, rivers and lakes to the consumer's plate. In so doing, it furnishes an account of the events, policies and institutions that have shaped and continue to drive this remarkable industry.

Featuring comprehensive statistical analyses, International Seafood Trade covers trends in capture and aquaculture production and in the international seafood trade generally, and examines volumes and patterns of trade in each of the major seafood groups:

  • shrimp and prawns
  • salmon and trout
  • tuna
  • groundfish
  • crab and lobster
  • cephalopods

International Seafood Trade also addresses:

  • price discovery mechanisms
  • seafood market research
  • emerging issues such as aquaculture and rights-based fisheries management
  • market innovations such as seafood futures and ecolabeling
  • institutions of significance to the conduct and management of the seafood trade worldwide

International Seafood Trade is essential reading for everyone in the business from seafood traders, fishing company and aquaculture managers, exporters, importers, distributors to wholesalers and retailers.



  • The diversity and importance of the international seafood trade
  • Origins and development of the seafood trade
  • The role of exclusive economic zones (EEZs)
  • Wild fisheries management and the emerging role of aquaculture

Trends in capture and aquaculture production

  • World fisheries production
  • Capture production
  • Aquaculture production
  • World shrimp aquaculture and capture production
  • World salmon and trout production
  • World cod, hake, Pollack and haddock production
  • World tuna and bonito production
  • World tilapia and cichlid production

Trends in the international seafood trade

  • Factors influencing the international seafood trade
  • Net trade flows
Trade by major seafood group

  • Shrimp and prawns
  • Salmon and trout
  • Tuna
  • Groundfish
  • Crab and lobster
  • Cephalopods

Fundamental principles of international trade applied to fisheries

  • Conventional approach to international trade analysis
  • The bioeconomics of fishery supply
  • Fisheries and international trade
Price discovery

  • Auctions
  • Individual negotiation
  • Bargaining by fisherman's groups
  • Consignment sales
  • Long-term contracts and vertical integration
  • Price transparency
  • Futures and options
  • Futures and options at work
  • Appendix 1: Minneapolis Grain Exchange: shrimp futures
  • Appendix 2: Kansai Commodities Exchange, Osaka, Japan: frozen shrimp futures

Seafood market research

  • Empirical methods
  • Data

Aquaculture, fisheries and evolution of the market

  • Production costs
  • Market factors influencing competitiveness
  • The difference between aquaculture and traditional fisheries

Institutions and measures of importance to international trade in seafood

  • The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization Initial processing
  • The Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species
  • The US Pelly Amendment
  • Additional US trade measures
  • Trade and environment conflicts

The seafood consumer, trade and the environment

  • The economics of labelling
  • Demand and supply of attrbutes
  • Ecolabelling
International trade in shrimp: a case study

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International Seafood Trade
edited by James L. Anderson
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