Asian Fisheries Society

Who Will Supply World Demands for Fish?


Fish supply and demand is undergoing an unprecedented set of changes affecting the geography and technology of fisheries and aquaculture production, a growth in con-sumer demand for fish and global corporate revolutions in the fish processing, supermar-ket and food service industries. Fish supply chains, often reaching across national borders, are very dynamic and, given the strong outlook for fish prices, actors in the sector should be creating value added chains to increase the total benefits from fish. Private sector and government actors in the most influential countries in the fish sector, particularly those from the current F10 top fish countries, are leading the shift to value added chains. To achieve greater benefit, countries need national policies and strategies that position them to integrate actions for managing fish production and trade, and join with neighbouring countries in combating illegal fishing and sharing research outputs. The governments’ new role is more strategic, needs to be more focused on the whole supply chain and needs to help create and sustain ‘value added’ chains. To remain a force in the fish sector, countries must pay particular attention to sustaining their production and making aquacul-ture more efficient through the use of improved farm breeds and farming practices. In short, those who will supply world fish demands are those countries, producers, policy makers and businesses that heed the call to work in strategic supply chain partnerships. This paper is based on the Keynote Address delivered at the Asian Fisheries Society 2nd International Conference on Cage Aquaculture in Asia, Zhejiang University, China, 3-6 July 2006.

Publication Date : 2008-06-19

Volume : 21

Issue : 2

Page : 229-256

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