IIFET 2018 Industry and Policy Day –Thursday July 19th

Morning Location: Room 130 - Rothke Auditorium in Kane Hall

9:00 – 10:30  2018 IIFET Fellow Addresses

Cathy A. Roheim, Senior Associate Dean and Professor, University of Idaho, Applied Economics

Innovations and Progress in Seafood Demand and Market Analysis: The Sequel

James L. Anderson, Professor of Food and Resource Economics and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Embracing the Future of Seafood and Systems Thinking

10:30 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 11:35 – Keynote – Growth and Maturation of U.S. Fishery Co-management Arrangements

Joe Sullivan, Joe Sullivan Law Office  

11:35 – 12:50  -- Panel Discussion: Better incorporating economics into marine resource management 

This forum will be a moderated panel discussion focusing on ways to better integrate economics into marine resource management.  U.S., Australian, and other national laws require that economic considerations be included in fisheries and other marine resource management actions.  However, the reality of these analyses is that they are often done on short timelines and it is challenging to utilize cutting-edge techniques. Managers also may be unfamiliar with different economic concepts or analyses or how to jointly consider environmental, economic, and social impact analyses.  Participants in this session will discuss these and related challenges for how economics can improve fisheries management.

Moderator: Alan Haynie


Douglas Lipton, NOAA Fisheries

Sean Pascoe, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Merrick Burden, Environmental Defense Fund

Hazel Curtis, Seafish UK

Jim Seger, Pacific Fishery Management Council


Lunch 12:45 – 2:00 (box lunches distributed at Husky Union Building)

Afternoon Location: Lyceum, Husky Union Building

2:00 to 3:30  - Panel Discussion – Underutilization, Seafood Markets and Supply Chains.

Food retailers and restaurants have changed significantly in recent decades, and consequently the supply chains for various seafood products have as well. The high-end market segments have not changed much, as the end points of the supply chain tend to be smaller independent companies, and the supply chains to these forms are little different from 30 years ago. The large volume markets, on the other hand, are now largely served by retail and restaurant chains that emphasize efficient logistics and products that are available in all their outlets. In the US, where per capita consumption remains relatively constant, this has led to a significant change in the composition of species. In particular, the consumption share of the 5 largest species has increased from 62% in 1990 to 76% in 2015, and four of these species are primarily from aquaculture and primarily imported to the US. Is efficient logistics and supply chain management creating a volume market where there will be only four fish, neutral flavored whitefish, tuna, shrimp and salmon? In this panel we will discuss market and supply chain characteristics that drives this development, as well as possible opportunities and challenges for domestic seafood products. Of particular interest are successful new supply chains as well as why there are fisheries where management systems have been successful at rebuilding stocks but much of the allowable catch remains unharvested due to a lack of markets. We will discuss whether and how other wild caught fish and smaller-scale aquaculture can make inroads into retail and restaurant chain markets and whether there are other markets that can absorb healthy but underutilized wild fish stocks.

Moderator: Dr. Frank Asche, University of Florida, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems


Cathy A. Roheim, University of Idaho, Department of Applied Economics

James L. Anderson, University of Florida, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

Gil Sylvia, Oregon State University & Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station

Mike Okoniewski, Pacific Seafoods Alaska Division & Fisheries Policy & Management

Miranda Ries, Pacific Seafoods Aquaculture Division

George Kailis, MG Kailis Group


3:30 – 4:00  Break

4:00 – 5:30 – Panel Discussion: Barriers to Entry for New Fishery Participants

In many fisheries the average age of vessel owners has continued to rise. A recent survey of US West Coast vessel owners indicated that 50% were over 60 years old. One frequently cited explanation is that it is now harder for new entrants to move from the deck to the wheelhouse simply because the cost of acquiring permits or quota is so high. What role have management approaches like catch shares played – have they aggravated the problem or could they be part of the solution? Is access to capital the issue - is there a need for new financing facilities? Could different ownership models (e.g. community or fishery-based cooperatives) address the issue? What are the pros and cons of vertically integrated fisheries that employ fishermen who are not equity owners? Is intervention to sustain both human and physical capital in fisheries necessary or will markets solve the problem? The session will feature panelists from financial, NGO, community, seafood processor, and harvester sectors to discuss the topics above.

Moderator: Gil Sylvia, Oregon State University & Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station


Joe Sullivan, Joe Sullivan Law Office

Joe Bratt, Northwest Farm Credit

Fred Postlewait, Oregon Coast Bank

Bob Alverson, Fishing Vessel Owners Association

Andrew Hosmer, Fisherman


5:30 – 7:00 Reception (South Ballroom, Husky Union Building)

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