News features and technical articles about the evolution of aquaculture, one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

José Fernández Polanco


Seafood demand and aquaculture growth

An analysis of the relationships between aquaculture development and its consequences on seafood consumption found both similarities and differences across countries and species. Developing and emerging producing countries coincided across seafood consumption and the share of local aquaculture in total 


Public opinions pose barriers for tuna consumption

Safety and sustainability are key concepts affecting consumers’ decisions on tuna consumption. Although the benefits of consumption exceed the potential negative effects, tuna’s harmful attributes tend to negatively impact purchasing in at-risk groups. 

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Market, trade flows of frozen tilapia in EU

Within the European market of frozen fish, tilapia play a minor role, with average yearly import quantities below 20,000 mt. China provides more than 80 percent of the total, while Indonesia is the second-largest exporter. 


Competition across fish species in E.U.

In Europe, most frozen white fish fillets operate in an undifferentiated market. Although differences in quality and processing affect pricing, there is also competition across species and exporting countries. Analysis showed that prices for tilapia from the leading exporter China 


Market bottlenecks for small-scale aquaculture

Due to their limited scale, small-scale aquaculture producers largely have to accommodate the conditions imposed by the following links in the value chain in terms of prices and quality standards. 


Determinants of supermarket shrimp promotions

A study of shrimp promotions by supermarkets in northern Spain indicated that shrimp prices evolve in accordance with demand quantities. In periods of high demand, retailers generally increase prices to maximize margins. 


Why don’t we eat more seafood?

A variety of factors combine to limit seafood consumption. Seafood is perceived to be expensive, and safety perceptions influence consumer buying decisions. Culture and tradition also play roles in forging seafood-eating habits.