Cathy A. Roheim Named IIFET Fellow 

Cathy A. Roheim, Professor and Head of the University of Idaho’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, has been selected as a Fellow of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET).

We are pleased to announce that Professor Cathy A. Roheim has been selected as one of two Fellows chosen for 2018, and will give a keynote address at the biennial IIFET 2018 Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Building on her expertise in demand for agricultural products, Dr. Roheim was the first researcher to develop asystematic and holistic research program on seafood markets and trade. She has made transformative contributions in this field in research, outreach, public service, and mentoring of students. Throughout her career, Dr. Roheim has asked research questions that ultimately make a difference by informing better governance of fisheries and aquaculture operations in an increasingly globalized world.

She was among the first to use demand systems to investigate the demand for seafood.  This work, which contributed methodological developments of broad importance in market research, was published in a series of papers in Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE), Marine Resource Economics (MRE) and other journals.  Dr. Roheim produced some of the first empirical work on the global market for wild-caught and farmed fish.  Her work, while significant for its technical innovation, also augured the globalization of seafood markets.

Professor Roheim was an early innovator in analyses of costs and benefits of fisheries and aquaculture certification and eco-labeling in the seafood market. Her theoretical work examines how willingness to pay for sustainability is transmitted through the supply chain, and produced an early (and to date almost the only) contribution demonstrating the theoretical links between certification and fisheries management. She pioneered stated preference work on seafood labels after the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was created but before it was introduced into the market. As certification and labeling developed, she began econometric analysis of retail scanner data and later studied impacts of certification on ex-vessel prices.

Dr. Roheim contributed substantially to the interdisciplinary literature addressing the complex policy challenges at the nexus of common-pool resource governance, food security, and trade policy and the practical limits of affecting change through consumer campaigns and certification institutions. Her work at the intersection of health economics and seafood demand used experimental methods to evaluate how consumers trade off health risks and benefits when making seafood purchases, and drew out the implications for government programs promoting healthy seafood choices. She has published over 50 peer reviewed journal publications and numerous book chapters including papers in leading multi-disciplinary journals such as Science. Her work has had a profound impact on fellow researchers as evidenced by high citation rates.  She has been a strong and devoted mentor of graduate students, and published extensively with her students before and after they completed their degree.

Dr. Roheim also stands out for her effective outreach efforts that bridge the gap between research and practice.Much of this work builds on her intellectual leadership in seafood markets to make pragmatic contributions to the development of fisheries and aquaculture certification and eco-labeling, serving, for example, as the economist on MSC’s advisory council from 1999-2007 and subsequently on their board of trustees 2006-07. She contributed to discussions of certification’s role in international seafood markets serving on advisory boards for, among others, Ocean Outcomes, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, and FAO’s WorldFish Center, and contributed grey literature on international seafood trade policy for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, World Bank, and Food and Agricultural Organization.

Dr. Roheim has held adjunct positions at the Universities in Tromsö and Ås, as well as serving on several dissertation examining committees for Norwegian universities.  She served as IIFET Executive committee member and President of IIFET. She is currently President Elect of the North American Association of Fishery Economists (NAAFE), and was Editor-in-Chief of MRE from 1995-1998. She has served as, associate editor of the AJAE and several other agricultural economics journals. Her contributions and stature in both fisheries economics and in agricultural economics helped to bridge the fields and shape our understanding of how fish in the water end up as seafood on the plate.

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James L. Anderson Named IIFET Fellow

James (Jim) L. Anderson, Professor of Food and Resource Economics and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida (UF), has been selected as a Fellow of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET).

IIFET is an international professional association of individuals, institutions and agencies from over 65 countries. IIFET Fellows are selected because they have made substantial, long-term, ongoing contributions to the advancement and development of theoretical and/or empirical economics of fisheries, aquaculture or seafood trade, as evidenced by research, teaching, academic service, and policy impacts.

We are pleased to announce that Professor Jim Anderson has been selected as one of two Fellows to be named in 2018, and will give a keynote address at the biennial IIFET 2018 Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Anderson has held a range of positions in a diverse group of institutions, through which he has had a broad and sustained impact on the fields of fisheries and aquaculture economics and seafood trade. He is among the world’s foremost experts in the economics of aquaculture, capture fisheries, and their interaction in the global seafood marketplace. Achieving his PhD from University of California, Davis, in 1983, Jim won both the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) Outstanding Dissertation Award and the (inaugural) Publication of Enduring Significance Award from the journal Marine Resource Economics (MRE) for his dissertation work. This path-breaking research predicted that newly emerging aquaculture technology -- with its many inherent production, genetic selection, and marketing advantages -- would inevitably grow and surpass production from key capture fisheries. He was among the first to identify biological and market mechanisms by which the two systems (aquaculture and wild fisheries) would interact, and developed models and empirical analysis to predict and simulate such interactions.  

The research portfolio Jim developed during his career at the University of Rhode Island, the World Bank, and now at the University of Florida (where he was hired under the UF preeminence initiative) illustrates his ability to employ appropriate and sophisticated analytical, statistical, and numerical tools to analyze complex fisheries systems and their interconnections over space and time. Jim’s economic intuition is rigorously based and solid, but it is his creative out-of-the box thinking and ability to see aspects of systems that others miss that distinguishes his career.

In addition to developing our understanding of the economic impacts of aquaculture and predicting its role in sustainably feeding the world’s growing population, Professor Anderson has had made important advances in understanding fisheries markets and mechanisms. Early in his career, he designed novel empirical studies using surveys of buyers and wholesalers to understand the demand for various characteristics of seafood and was the first economist to use conjoint analysis to elucidate and compare the value of farmed- and wild-caught salmon attributes.

Jim’s expertise brought sophisticated econometric methods to bear to predict market prices for fisheries products. This work includes early use of state-space, time-series forecasting methods to understand short- and long-term trends in the globally-traded fisheries products. He also employed these approaches to explain the failed attempts to develop shrimp futures contracts in the US. His book, The International Seafood Trade, was one of the first works to comprehensively address the importance of trade in the growth and economic development of the seafood sector. While his findings with respect to prices were significant, the explicit link to global markets foreshadowed important trends before they became widely understood.

During his tenure at the World Bank, Dr. Anderson produced a strategy for World Bank engagement in fisheries, oversaw the development of a model projecting future global seafood supply and demand, and continued to develop his work on performance indicators for fisheries. He led a panel of international experts representing widely diverging positions, ranging from heads of industry and academia to outspoken environmental advocates, to develop a common vision for future oceans use, resulting in the “Indispensable Ocean” report.

Leadership and service have been distinguishing characteristics of Jim’s career. He served as chair of the Department of Resource Economics at URI, Editor of Marine Resource Economics, member of IIFET’s governing body, on several National Academy of Science panels, leader of the World Bank’s Program on Fisheries and Aquaculture (PROFISH), and now serves as Director of the new Institute of Sustainable Food Systems at UF. Dr. Anderson’s legacy in recruiting into fisheries and aquaculture, and training graduate students, is also outstanding; he served on some 70 Ph.D. and Master’s committees, chairing or co-chairing 40 of these.

Jim’s (and his students’) influence throughout academia, industry, government, and a range of non-governmental institutions, his work bridging divergent positions, and his innovative research, have brought the useful application of economic thinking, data, and analysis into focus for those in, and outside of, our field. 

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