Fisheries Economics, Processing, Marketing and Trade
The Company has very broad experience of fisheries and aquaculture economics. This experience relates to catching/producer, processing and marketing sectors. Projects relating to specific products or investments focus on value chain studies, market assessments and strategy development, costs and earnings studies, feasibility studies and business plans, and investment appraisal. We also use our economics expertise at a more macro level to inform fisheries/aquaculture policy and management in many countries, for example advising on fisheries licence fees based on modelling of vessel profitability, and on the economic impacts and benefits of different policy options. Public and project evaluation is a core area of the company’s activities, and such evaluations typically include the need for economic skills and expertise in the form of cost/benefit analysis, and analysis of evaluation questions relating to efficiency and value for money.
The Company's expertise of post-harvest issues is diverse. It includes the development of private sector strategic marketing plans for products/species, reviews of fish marketing and processing sectors in a number of countries, quality control and hygiene, analysis and mapping of commodity/supply chains and margins, fish utilisation and product development, eco-labelling, and issues relating to the regulatory environment of international trade.