Task 4.1 address a description of the seafood value chain with the objective of identify, classify and describe the different structures and agents participating in the value chain for a variety of species operating in the most relevant seafood markets in the EU. This work also aims to identify and understand the potential causes of bottlenecks and conflicts in the distribution of incomes and transmission of values, including non-market values, along the value chain.
As a result, the work results in a “Market map” of the seafood sector in Europe, through the identification of the different stages, agents and relations between them in the main markets. It also includes the main characteristics of the economic agents involved and some key variables such as levels of fragmentation/concentration, business dimension, and activities undertaken and cost structure.
After the exhaustive work of analysis and description of the structure of the seafood value chain in the EU carried out in task 4.1, one of the following steps in the value chain study is to analyse the interactions between prices; relations in the evolution of prices along the value chain (price transmission), and between different products (different species, different geographic origins) at the same level of the value chain (market delimitation) (Task 4.2).
The analysis of price integration in the value chain of fishery and aquaculture products in the EU provides interesting results which may help to understand the dynamics of prices in the markets of the different species analysed and at the different levels of the chain.
As a result of this work, and within the framework of the dissemination strategy of Work Package 4 leaded by the University of Cantabria (UC), it has been developed what we have called "Series of Value Chain and Price Integration summaries". This consists in the creation of brief summaries of the different species/markets included in the value chains descriptions and price integrations analyses developed under WP4 in Task 4.1 and 4.2. The idea is to make available this big amount of results and conclusions in a "friendly" channel to the general public.
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