The idea of this study is to follow general economic fluctuations and try to foresee how confident fishery industry
is towards the near future and simultaneously indicate the relative development in the near past. A trend-and-confidence
indicator describing the overall economic trend and expectations of enterprises was calculated from the means of balance
figures of questions concerning change in financial standing, turnover and investments of an enterprise. The results can be
divided into fishing, aquaculture, processing, wholesale and retail trade, i.e. to the whole production-processing-commerce
chain. In February 2000, the confidence towards coming 12 months in the Finnish fishery enterprises was encouraged. The
only sector that had deteriorated during the past year was fishing, however the outlook of fishing for the coming year was
more promising. The results are based on a sample of about 300 enterprises representing a survey population of about 1070
fishery enterprises. The reliability of the results is discussed.
Ahvonen, A. and A. Honkanen. Fishery Industry 's Confidence towards the near Future in Different Levels of Production Chain in Finland. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.