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Globalisation and Fisheries

Proceedings of an OECD-FAO Workshop

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This conference proceedings highlights the key risks and opportunities that policy makers need to address relative to fisheries globalisation so that on the one hand, the opportunities that are created are not missed while, on the other, the risks are addressed appropriately. It presents a wide range of experiences and points of view from every part of the value chain of the fisheries industry, including fishers, processors, consumers, NGOs, restaurant and retail chains, as well as government and academic experts.

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Processing Fish: Where, Why and How?

Alda Möller introduced a number of case studies showing changes that have taken place in the fish processing industry. Demographic and lifestyle trends, consumer sophistication, knowledge and changing consumer preferences have all driven seafood consumption, hence trade and processing. Meanwhile, key considerations include seafood safety and hygiene, which are non-negotiable in the seafood business. Demand for safe food is bound to augment partly due to better detection techniques that are becoming more and more sophisticated. The case studies considered include the Pangasius fish species in Vietnam, Cape hake from Namibia and the Chinese re-processing industry. Each of the cases suggests different challenges in terms of how they have benefited and dealt with the globalisation of the international fisheries markets. One of the key issues to be dealt with in the near future is the emergence of labour shortages and wage increases in China. Further consolidation in the fishing and seafood processing industries is likely to take place to balance the influence of the large retail chains, which presently are powerful players.

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