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September 1997 No. 12
The European Association of Fisheries Economists



Quimper 97: The 9th Annual Conference of EAFE

The ninth Annual Conference of the European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE) was held in the Pole universitaire Pierre-Jekez Helias, Quimper, France from 28-30 April 1997. The conference was jointly organized by the Centre for Law and Economics of the Sea (CEDEM) of the University of Western Brittany and the Fisheries Science Laboratory of the National Superior Agronomic School of Rennes.

The three-day gathering began with the President of the University of Western Brittany M. Jean Claude Bodere and Philip Rodgers, the then President of EAFE welcoming the delegates. After which the EAFE annual general meeting (AGM) was held. An important function of the AGM was electing a new Bureau of officials to run the association. In the AGM it was also decided that the venue of the next EAFE conference would be Hague in the Netherlands.

The conference was divided into three sessions. The theme of the first session was Fisheries Management, regulation of access to the resources and conflicts of use. The first session began in the afternoon of the 28th April. The keynote speech Alternatives in Fisheries management was delivered by Professor Parzival Copes of Simon Frazer University, Canada. He examined the efficiency of output-focused ITQ regimes and input-focused limited entry licensed regimes noting in particular the extent to which these systems alleviate old externalities and create new ones. He concluded that choosing a management regime for a fishery should be done in relation to the specifics of the fishery and the fisheries policy objectives that have been selected. Erik Buisman and Pavel Salz presented a paper entitled Scenario analysis: exploring the future of fisheries, in which they describe the techniques of scenario building and presented a scenario study on the future of North Sea fisheries. Tom Sanderson presented The economic case for charging for licenses or quotas. Pierre Failler answered the question Does co-management resolve all fisheries problems? Jan Willem de Wilde compared the Mediterranean and Atlantic fisheries management regimes. Jean-Luc Prat and Denis Bailly looked at the case of the Norman-Breton gulf to illustrate the conflicts of access to the resources. Keeping to the theme, Philippe Le Rhun presented Midwater trawling within the 12 nautical mile area as a (more) recent conflict in the south of the Glenan islands. David Whitmarsh and Helen Pickering presented a joint-paper on Commercial exploitation of artificial reefs: economic opportunities and management imperatives. Using a simple bioeconomic model, the paper illustrated the implication of creating an open access reef-based commercial fishery and discussed range of management techniques that can be used overcome the open access problems. Comanagement and the dynamics of fisheries: some issues was the next topic presented by Claude Rioux, and Susana Cabrera Teto concluded the first day's session with a paper entitled Cooperation in the management of the fisheries resources. In the evening the delegates were invited to a welcome reception at the city hall by the Mayor of Quimper. This provided a perfect opportunity to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances.

The next morning saw more papers on the previous day's theme. Catherine Robinson presented a joint paper on Fisher behaviour: exploring the validity of the profit maximization assumption. Ramos Franquesa examined Economic evaluation of the demersal Spanish trawl fishery in the Gulf of Lion. Measuring the economic results of small-scale fisheries was the paper presented by Jean Boncoeur and Denis Bailly. Their work was based on the case of French inshore fishing in the western part of the English Channel. Philip Rodgers and Philip Bertram presented A method of indicating the comparative dispersion of national fleet revenue in mixed fisheries. M. Augusto Lopez Martinez, Ana Maria Juarez Davila and Enrique Pescador Canora presented a paper entitled An application of the fishing economic model ECOPES on the Atlantic hake fishery. Sean Pascoe presented a joint paper entitled Modelling the UK component of the English Channel fisheries: an application of multiobjective programming. Rui Junqueira Lopes looked at Bioeconomic management of red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) in the presence of environmental externalities. Olivier Guyader presented a paper entitled Individual quotas as a management tool and systemic modelling: an application to the French albacore fishery.

Following lunch, the second session began with a new theme: sea products markets. Hussain Rasheed Hassan presented a paper on International trade on tuna commodities. Using trade indices the paper investigates the evolution of tuna commodity trade among the main players. Measuring and characterizing intra-European trade of seafood products was the topic of the paper presented by Pascal Bernard. Marius 0. van Wijk presented a paper entitled Fish processing in the Netherlands: limitations to growth. He estimated that the Netherlands domestic market for fish products to be about 400 million ECU at wholesale level and indicated the existence of growth opportunities in wholesale distribution and importing. Catherine Mariojouls talked about Recent evolutions in the fisheries chain in France. Total quality of seafood products was the topic of the paper presented by A. Honkanen, P. Mickwitz, M. Juvankovski and J. Setala. They looked at the quality of rainbow trout fillets according to wholesalers and retailers. Antonio Ruiz gave a talk about Strategies of the fishing industry in the Andaluz Mediterranean Sea. The talk had a special reference to the strategies of marketing. Ola Flaaten concluded the day's session with Norwegian household's consumption of salmon and other fish products.

After a busy day, in the afternoon the delegates were bussed to the fishing harbour and the historic city of Concarneau. The delegates visited a local fish processor and a shipyard where they were informed about the local fishing industry. A visit was also made to the local fishery museum, before the delegates were bussed the short distance to the venue of the welcome reception given by the Mayor of Concarneau. After aperitifs and civic hospitality it was time for the conference dinner. The venue was the restaurant La coquille near the fishing harbour. Conversation flowed freely throughout the evening. The fish option seemed to be the favourite, the other option being beef!

The morning of the last day of the conference saw more on sea products markets A. Honkanen, J. Setala and P. Mickwitz started the day with a paper entitled Finnish consumers fish consumption behaviours. They indicated that the Finnish consumers have a positive attitude towards fish and in 1992 almost all households consumed fish in some form, although they generally favoured processed products. JeanPierre Boude, Jose Perez Agundez and Abdelhak Nassiri's paper on The price formation of hake at Pasajes auction investigates the variables which influence the price formation and the price variability using econometric methods. Shabbar Jaffry presented a joint paper on Price flexibilities for quota and non-quota species in the UK. The paper using a co-integration systems approach estimates the own and cross-price flexibilities for a range of quota and non quota species important to the English Channel fisheries. Christophe Bene concluded the session with a paper entitled Storage and viability of a fishery with resource and market dephased seasonalities.

A change in topic for session 3 brought the conference to aquaculture and fishing activities in the context of coastal management. The keynote speech entitled Fishing activities and coastal management: A public policy approach was given by Professor David Fluharty of University of Washington at Seattle, USA. After lunch, Herman Bardarsson and Knut Heen presented a paper entitled Regional employment impact of fish resource utilization from the Brent Sea. Nicole Piriou and Jean-Ren Couliou talked about South Brittany facing the changes in the fishing industry. Chris Reid and John Slaymaker presented a preliminary analysis of their study on The importance of British fishing ports, 1958-1993. They concluded that the long run changes in the relative importance of Britain's fishing ports are significantly more subtle and complex than has been supposed. Eva Roth and Susan Jensen presented a paper on The economic impact of commercializing recreational fisheries. This was a case study on fishing tourism in the Country of Southern Jutland, Denmark. Aquaculture and economic development in the Mediterranean islands was the topic covered by Philippe Paquou and Denis Lacroix. Leila Temri presented a paper entitled Location of aquaculture activities in the Mediterranean sea: the case of seabass farming and Denis Bailly and Caroline Callies concluded the session with a paper entitled The value of coastal water productivity: the case of oyster farming in Merennes-Oleron. The closing address was given by the new President of EAFE Pavel Salz.

Overall, Quimper 97 was a huge success which the delegates enjoyed immensely. Thanks are due to the organizers for hosting such a successful gathering.

Hussein Hassan CEMARE

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