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Sourcing seafood for the three major markets: The EU, Japan and the USA


Swartz, W and Rashid Sumaila, U and Watson, RA and Pauly, D, Sourcing seafood for the three major markets: The EU, Japan and the USA, Marine Policy, 34, (6) pp. 1366-1373. ISSN 0308-597X (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2010.06.011


This paper describes the marine fish and invertebrate consumption in three of the world's major seafood markets (the EU, Japan and the USA) using a series of global maps indicating the likely origin of the seafood consumed by each market. These maps display a high level of dependence by these markets on foreign sources as the serial depletion of local fisheries resources forced the fleets in search for new seafood supplies well beyond their domestic waters. The acquisition of foreign (and high seas) seafood by these markets is conducted through two channels: by dispatching distant water fishing fleets that directly exploit foreign stocks; and by importing catch landed elsewhere by local fleets. The results also demonstrate that each of the three major markets occupies a zone of influence within which it is dominant. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Global fisheries; International trade; Seafood consumption; Sustainability; European Union; fishery; food consumption; food market; international trade; sustainability; Europe; Japan; United States; Invertebrata
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:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:83722
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:85
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-03-21
Last Modified:2013-03-21

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