Adapting fishing activities to market demands allows fishermen to catch fish that are best suited for the most valuable products. The scientists at Nofima help authorities to develop management regimes for a number of fisheries.
- Value-chain analysis for the capture and production of various species
- Knowledge about the relationship between capture pattern and product spectrum
- Socioeconomic consequences of different capture regulations
- Advice when selecting harvesting strategy
Large parts of the seafood industry are based on harvesting from wild fish stocks. Strict regulations are imposed on the amounts that can be caught from the various species each year.
Increased value from sustainable fishing
Different methods of fishing, however, are available, and these give different product mix. Nofima has high expertise in calculating how the choice of capture strategy influences the total value added.
Authorities have relied heavily on our knowledge to ensure that the fish that is caught is most suitable for making products that customers want. Harvest strategies chosen are important to add market value to limited wild resources. Nofima has conducted empirical studies on market-based harvesting of cod, haddock, pollock, capelin, herring and mackerel.
In developing this knowledge, we use a perspective that includes all phases of production – from capture, through processing to consumption. Previous recommendations from Nofima in this field have emphasised the need to:
- Catch the most valuable parts of the fish stocks
- Maintain quotas as stable as possible from year to year
- Even out fishing seasons (if possible) in order to satisfy market demands for continuity.
The measures taken will be able to increase the creation of value in the industry.
We evaluate the effect of various forms of management regimes, and develop economic models of how capture regulations affect capture patterns.
Nofima has addressed the question of how to increase the fraction of fish that are caught and stored alive. This provides considerably greater opportunities to add value. It is possible to store fish alive to exploit variation in market prices, improve the quality, and utilise production and capture capacity. The fish may also be stored alive and fed, in order to increase the amount available. The aim is to feed the fish in captivity such that they grow, and can be sold fresh during periods when the availability of such fish is low.
Nofima’s multidisciplinary research combines biology, technology and economics to develop the knowledge, including value-chain analysis, that is required to provide the conditions necessary for capture-based aquaculture.