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Provenance of global seafood


Watson, RA and Green, BS and Tracey, SR and Farmery, A and Pitcher, TJ, Provenance of global seafood, Fish and Fisheries, 17, (3) pp. 585-595. ISSN 1467-2960 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12129


Knowing where and how seafood is caught or farmed is central to empowering consumers, and the importers that supply them, with informed choices. Given the wide-ranging, complex and at times commercially sensitive nature of global seafood trade, it can prove very challenging to link imported seafood with information about its provenance. The databases involved are incomplete, at times vague and not harmonized. Here, we present a first attempt to link all global seafood imports through a virtual marketplace to exports and map their origins. Considerable work remains to ground-truth the specific origins of all seafood commodities. We illustrate the flow of seafood and its evolution since the 1970s when supporting records began. This work allows the impact of fishing or marine farming to be associated with seafood imports.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:export, import, mapping, seafood
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
UTAS Author:Green, BS (Associate Professor Bridget Green)
UTAS Author:Tracey, SR (Associate Professor Sean Tracey)
UTAS Author:Farmery, A (Ms Anna Farmery)
ID Code:104811
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140101377)
Web of Science® Times Cited:56
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-11-20
Last Modified:2018-11-14
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