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18th IIFET Conference, July 11-15, 2016, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

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18th IIFET Conference, July 11-15, 2016, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK


Conference Venue: Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), Scotland, UK

Conference Organizers: Hazel Curtis, Seafish, and Jimmy Young, emeritus, University of Stirling

The International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) is a global organization consisting of 700 members from over 65 countries around the world, advancing the productive use of economic theory and analysis to answer critical questions surrounding the sustainable use of marine resources and to ensure future livelihoods of those who produce food from the sea.

IIFET 2016 Scotland was our 18th biennial conference held since the founding of the organization in 1982. 403 professionals from academia, industry, government, international agencies, and the non-profit sector attended, from 47 countries.

Scientific Program

Major topics covered in 81 parallel oral presentations and 5 plenary sessions over the 3.5 day conference included:

  • Fisheries Management (Ecosystems based management, MPAs, international, national, models of co-operation, Eco-based management, MPAs & Hierarchies of fishing rights allocations, Adoption & adaptation of technical measures to improve resilience & profitability, bio-economic modelling, Modelling fishing choices and behavior, Adaptations to evolving governance)
  • Aquaculture (New Markets, Gender Issues, New species, Salmon, Parasite issues)
  • Seafood Markets (Innovative use of available, but ignored, market data, Seafood segmentation and positioning strategies, Logistics)
  • Processing (Managing value creation, the reformed CFP, supply chains)
  • Capture Fishing
  • The Bigger Picture
  • Consumption
  • Recreational Fishing

Special (pre-organized) Session topics included:

  • The economics of a discard ban policy
  • Gender Research as a New Frontier in Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics: In the Footsteps of Rosemary Firth
  • Game theory and fisheries
  • Unlocking the sustainable wealth potential of aquatic resources and ecosystems: Beyond traditional commercial fisheries management
  • SUCCESS: Reinforcing the competitiveness of the seafood sector
  • Economics of Bycatch
  • Measuring and managing risk-taking and safety in commercial fishing
  • Economics of Protected Resources
  • Fishing Cost Data Collection and Implications in Fisheries Management
  • Fisheries, Aquaculture and Global Food Security
  • Analyzing behavioral responses to regulation – what can be learned for management?
  • Creating shared value through stakeholders’ involvement to strengthen the seafood competitiveness
  • Present and Emerging Arctic Fisheries
  • Recognising and Assessing Social and Economic Values in Fisheries 
  • Transdisciplinary research in fishery science – are we making progress influencing policy making?
  • The Ghosts of Adam Smith: The Past, Present, and Future of Fishery Subsidies
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services in fisheries and aquaculture – A rose by any other name?
  • Sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture: the multidisciplinary approach as a key for success Improving Food Security and Reducing Poverty through Intra-regional Fish Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Innovations in governance of highly migratory and transboundary fisheries

Presentations included a one day long set of special sessions called “Industry & Policy Day”. Topics included:

  • Marketing, Ethics, Responsibility
    • Market Challenges: ethics and social responsibility
    • Market implications and possible solutions: certification, ethics and social responsibility
    • Reformed CFP--Implications for routes to market
    • Global Market: connections and prospective opportunities--horizons, risks
  • Landing Obligation
    • Experiences from further afield
    • Implementing the Landing Obligation in the reformed CFP--practical challenges and effects on fishing businesses--2016 story so far
    • Adapt, improvise and overcome--fishermen's responses to the Landing Obligation
    • Government solutions

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Conference Sponsors

Aberdeenshire Council, Environmental Defense Fund, The European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE), Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Seafish, Sea Grant Oregon, Scottish Whitefish Producers Association (SWFPA), WWF, World Bank, United Nations University Fisheries Training Program (UNUFTP). Best Student Paper and developing country participant travel support was provided by U.S. NOAA.

Suggested Bibliographic Reference:

Challenging New Frontiers in the Global Seafood Sector: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 11-15, 2016. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2016.

IIFET does not take copyright on materials included in our proceedings. We request that presenters make their contribution to the conference accessible through the IIFET collection at Oregon State University's ScholarsArchive.

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