International seafood trade:
challenges and opportunities

FAO/University of Akureyri Symposium
12 February 2007
Akureyri, Iceland

Edited by

Hjrleifur Einarsson
Professor, University of Akureyri
Akureyri, Iceland


William Emerson
Senior Fishery Industry Officer
Fish Utilization and Marketing Service
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Rome, Italy

Rome, 2009

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Einarsson, H.; Emerson, W. (eds).
International seafood trade: challenges and opportunities. FAO/University of Akureyri Symposium.
12 February 2007, Akureyri, Iceland.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings. No. 13. Rome, FAO. 2009. 121p.


These proceedings contain the manuscripts from the symposium on International Seafood Trade: Challenges and Opportunities, held in Akureyri, Iceland from 1-2 February 2007.

The University of Akureyri, Faculty of Business and Science organized the meeting in collaboration with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.

The meeting included a range of views regarding the risks and challenges inherent to the recent developments in international seafood trade. These included views from government officials, business representatives and academia.

The symposium reviewed developments related to:

recent trends in the seafood sector;
seafood safety and quality market access requirements;
WTO dispute settlement process;
developing countries perspectives;
investment opportunities;
consumer trends; and
education and training in the seafood sector.

The symposium highlighted that the seafood sector is extremely dynamic and is increasingly becoming a global sector. Risks include the pressure of global demand on capture fisheries that are often over-exploited, meeting the higher sanitary and phytosanitary requirements being set by the markets, and the development of voluntary eco-labels. Opportunities include the further development of the aquaculture sector, the advancement of technology to meet sanitary and phytosanitary requirements, and the further development of the value-added sector in developing countries.

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Part I  (Download pdf 890 kb)

Preparation of this document

Opening address

Closing address

Annex 1 Programme

Annex 2 Participants

Part II  (Download pdf 739 kb - pdf 676 kb)

Fish in the global food chain: challenges and opportunities
  Grmur Valdimarsson

Trends in the international trade of seafood products
  James L. Anderson and Diego Valderrama

From farm to fork new European food hygiene regulations
  Alan Reilly

Causes of detentions and rejections in international fish trade
  Lahsen Ababouch

Development of risk assessment methods for fishery products
  Gujn Gunnarsson

The WTO Negotiations an update and the Dispute Settlement Understanding
  William Emerson

Changing compliance for exported fishery products: a developing country perspective
  G.F. Nanyaro

Opportunities in seafood trade
  Kristjn Th. Davsson

Ecolabelling of fisheries products:assessment of its benefits
  Cathy A. Roheim

Processing quality seafood
  Kristinn Andersen

Traceability a necessary evil?
  Sveinn Vkingur rnason

Education and training with and for the fisheries sector
  Tumi Tmasson and Thr sgeirsson

Opportunities and challenges in international seafood trade a company perspective
  Birgir ssurarson

Trends in consumer attitude and selection
  Karen Bruns

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