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Provenance of global seafood

Journal Article


Abstract


  • 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.

UOW Authors


  •   Watson, Reg A. (external author)
  •   Green, Bridget S. (external author)
  •   Tracey, Sean R. (external author)
  •   Farmery, Anna
  •   Pitcher, Tony J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Watson, R. A., Green, B. S., Tracey, S. R., Farmery, A. K. & Pitcher, T. J. (2016). Provenance of global seafood. Fish and Fisheries, 17 (3), 585-595.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84945323263

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3614

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 585

End Page


  • 595

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • 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.

UOW Authors


  •   Watson, Reg A. (external author)
  •   Green, Bridget S. (external author)
  •   Tracey, Sean R. (external author)
  •   Farmery, Anna
  •   Pitcher, Tony J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Watson, R. A., Green, B. S., Tracey, S. R., Farmery, A. K. & Pitcher, T. J. (2016). Provenance of global seafood. Fish and Fisheries, 17 (3), 585-595.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84945323263

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3614

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 585

End Page


  • 595

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom