The International Seafood Trade
The seafood trade is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing international
commodity industries. Worth more than $60 billion a year, it exceeds the world trade
in all grains combined and represents more than twice the combined world trade in all
tea, coffee and cocoa. Almost 200 countries supply fish and seafood products to the
global marketplace, consisting of more than 800 commercially important species of
fish, crustaceans and mollusks, including 30 species of shrimp alone.
The International Seafood Trade is 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, with contributions from
a range of specialist researchers and practitioners, it examines every link in the market
chain which leads from the world’s seas, rivers and lakes to the consumer’s plate.
Featuring comprehensive statistical analyses, chapters consider trends in the
international seafood trade generally, and examine volumes and patterns of trade in
each of the major seafood groups: shrimp and prawns; salmon and trout; tuna;
groundfish; crab and lobster; and cephalopods. Further chapters consider price
discovery mechanisms; market research; emerging issues such as aquaculture and
rights-based fisheries management; innovations such as seafood futures and
ecolabeling; and institutions of significance to the conduct and management of the
seafood trade worldwide.
The International Seafood Trade provides the most comprehensive picture yet
available of the dynamics and structure of the global seafood market and will be
essential reading for all those new to or already involved in the seafood and ancillary
industries worldwide – whether as importers, exporters, distributors, wholesalers,
retailers or food service industries. It will serve as an invaluable reference for all
seafood traders and will also be of enormous interest to public sector fisheries and
aquaculture managers and regulators, environmentalists and ecologists.
About the Author
James L. Anderson is a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and
Natural Resource Economics at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. His
research in the area of fisheries and aquacultural economics began in 1980 with a
study on the bioeconomics of salmon ranching in the Pacific Northwest. Since that
time, he has been involved with numerous research projects related to fisheries and
aquaculture management, seafood marketing and international trade, and seafood
price forecasting. Recent work has focused on analysis of salmon and shrimp
markets, and evaluating how aquaculture development and rights-based fisheries
management are changing the global seafood sector.
He is the Editor of Marine Resource Economics and SeafoodReport.com and has
served on the Editorial Council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and
Management. Currently, he serves as a Director of the International Institute of
Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET). He was presented with the Outstanding PhD
Thesis Award by the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1984,
Research Scientist of the Year Award by the University of Rhode Island in 1994 and
the Article of the Year Award from the Editorial Board of Agricultural and Resource
Economics Review in 1995. He holds degrees from the College of William and Mary
(BS), the University of Arizona (MS) and the University of California, Davis (PhD).