ICES Annual Science Conference 2018

Theme session L

Future-oriented Seafood Markets: Economic dimensions, ecological compatibility and social aspects of fisheries and aquacultures
Monday, 24 September
Lecture Hall C
​​​​​Currently, more than 2000 different species can be found on the global seafood market, displaying an immense variety of derivative products. 200 of these provide consumers with a choice between wild-caught or farmed. In many cases, a further quality division through various different labels exists, though these are often based on narrowly defined concepts of sustainability, face issues of credibility, and have limited impact at driving improvements. Due to multiple objectives pertaining to environmental, economic and social issues within the importing and the exporting market, the sustainability assessment of aquaculture and fisheries and their products may be difficult for customers and authorities (and other stakeholders).

In contrast to well known environmental impacts such as overfishing, pollution, and ecosystem degradation, economic and social costs versus benefits within the fish sector are less prominent. Studies and data on economic and societal effects are often incomplete or only available for high-value species like salmon or shrimp. However, the competitiveness of the various production systems, their ecological impact, and the competition of products or between different species (e.g. the white fish segment) are important aspects to consider for future management. Furthermore, an understanding of the main drivers of change within the seafood industry is crucial for successful management and planning.

This session aims to provide a transdisciplinary platform focusing on aspects that help to shape a future-oriented fish industry. An introductory follow-up of the results from Theme Session R at ASC 2017 in Fort Lauderdale on the and ecological challenges for aquaculture will open the session, followed by oral an​d poster presentations, and closed by a discussion on the following topics:
  • Studies and data collection approaches on economic aspects of the fish sector including efficiency of production systems, market competition between aquaculture and fisheries or meat sector, between products, inputs, and species
  • Studies including framework or inclusive governance approaches and case studies on social aspects/effects as well as ecological aspects of fish production or along the entire value chain such as overarching fair trade standards or LCA analysis
    •Studies on the fish sectors communication, consumer perception, market benefits of eco-labeling/certification and fish quality attributes, and market analysis


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