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Post-Harvest to Consumer Driver Review of the Aquatic Supply Chain

Citation
Young J, Goulding I & Stirrat RL (2011) Post-Harvest to Consumer Driver Review of the Aquatic Supply Chain. Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures, London. The Government Office for Science.

Abstract
This paper provides an overview of the key current features of the international markets for aquatic food and appraises how the future drivers of the post-harvest/consumption aspects of the value chain will interact. This encompasses product from both wild capture fisheries and aquaculture. Here, ‘post-harvest’ covers all those activities involved in delivering aquatic products from the water to the plate, in particular those concerned with their processing and trading. The system is highly diverse, and a wide range of aquatic species and products, changing patterns of demand and supply, in a spectrum of cultural, economic and political contexts give rise to a variety of post-harvest configurations and future directions. The only constant across the sector is product perishability, at higher rates than for most terrestrial foods, and a critical element to be managed if values are to be delivered without loss and if the potential for adding value can be realised.

Subject headings
Fishery management, International; Fish trade Management

StatusPublished
AuthorsYoung James, Goulding Ian, Stirrat Roderick L
Number of pages62
Title of seriesForesight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures
Publication date01/2011
URLhttp://www.bis.gov.uk/Foresight
PublisherThe Government Office for Science
Place of publicationLondon
LanguageEnglish
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