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November 1999 No. 14
The European Association of Fisheries Economists


Xth Biennial Conference of IIFET - Corvallis, Oregon, 10-14 July 2000  


International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) Invites EAFE Members to 2000 Conference

With some 200 people already committed to participating, and over 70 abstracts already submitted, our tenth biennial conference promises to be among our largest and most comprehensive to date. Because a major goal of IIFET 2000 is to infuse fisheries economics with new ideas and perspectives both from other economic subdisciplines, and other social and biological sciences, your experience next July 10-14 (2000) at Oregon State University could leave an indelible mark on your way of looking at things.


The overall theme is "Microbehavior and Macroresults", an examination of the ways in which actions of individuals (as consumers, fishermen, processors, etc.) cumulate to produce outcomes in the fisheries and other resource sectors. The list of possible subtopics is enormous, as always covering management issues (capacity, valuation, bioeconomics, endangered species and commercial viability, aquaculture, development, community based management, property rights, governance alternatives, cultural perspectives, management and markets, deterrence and compliance, gender and community issues, etc.) and markets (choice and demand, market structure, trade theory, institutions, seafood consumption and health effects, advertising and labelling--including eco-labelling, of course! Seafood safety and quality, market behavior etc, etc.). In fact it's so large that you will need to visit the website or request a copy of the new brochure to get the full impact.


As over 20 sessions are already in the process of being organized, it is difficult to choose which among them to highlight here. Just a few examples: leading nutritionists will examine the latest evidence on the health effects of seafood consumption, followed by economists who will examine how these developments will affect consumption, demand, and markets. An interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners coordinated by Susan Hanna will examine the property rights design lessons from both fisheries and other natural resources in a series of sessions. Several sessions will examine cases of conflicts between species conservation and competing resource uses; Bruce Rettig will invite biologists and legal experts to discuss the decline (and recovery?) of Columbia River salmon, and the interaction of Steller sea lions and Alaska pollock will be assessed from both biological and economic perspectives. Trond Bjørndal and Gordon Munro will contribute on transboundary and highly migratory stocks.


Of major interest to EAFE members will be sessions on capacity and productivity measurement, and the effects of subsidies. Rolf Fare (Oregon State University), Jim Kirkley (William and Mary College), Dale Squires (US National Marine Fisheries Service), Ola Flaaten (OECD), and Dominique Greboval (FAO) are among those who have offered to address some of the measurement issues and theoretical implications. Other NMFS participants will look at the implementation of capacity reduction measures--we especially encourage additional European contributions in both of these areas.


Unfortunately, because of limited space, I am neglecting sessions such as trends in the away-from-home food market; food distribution: global changes; the World Trade Organization, markets and the environment; international food marketing; and aquatic and green marketing, and a number of others. There's also no room to tell you about invited speakers, including Martin Weitzman of Harvard University, Dan McFadden of the University of California and Ron Jones of Rochester University. I guess you'll just have to visit the website for more details!


We'll keep updating our IIFET 2000 website as things develop, so bookmark www.orst.edu/Dept/IIFET/2000/ to facilitate your frequent return. By December 1, 1999, both a printed version and a more detailed website version of program and registration information will be available. If you would like a printed version please contact Ann.L.Shriver@orst.edu.


You may submit your 250 word (max) abstract and title:


           via the website

           by email to Debi.Mandigo@orst.edu

           by airmail to Debi Mandigo, IIFET 2000, Oregon State University, Dept. of Agricultural and  

         Resource Economics, Corvallis, OR 97331-3601, USA or

           by fax to 1-541-737-2563


Please address it to Debi Mandigo, IIFET 2000, and include your full name(s), address, fax, phone, and email information.


Registration for the 4 day conference will cost $360-$460 US (including attendance, lunches, reception, banquet, and proceedings), an optional industry field trip will be available on Friday, July 14, hotel and dormitory accommodations will range from $16-$100 per night, and a companion program will provide opportunities for your friends and family. Extraordinary tourist opportunities exist in Oregon and the U.S. Northwest region for those interested in mountains, coastline, wines, sophisticated cities, and good food.


We hope to see many of our European friends and colleagues, and to benefit from your contributions on all the conference topics, at IIFET 2000!


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