Trade and Management: Exclusive Economic Zones and the Changing Japanese Surimi Market

Sproul, John T. and Queirolo, Lewis E. (1994) Trade and Management: Exclusive Economic Zones and the Changing Japanese Surimi Market. Marine Fisheries Review, 56(1), pp. 31-39.

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The United States' increasing competitive advantage in international seafood trade in Alaska walleye pollock. Theragra chalcogramma, has contributed to higher prices for surimi-based goods and structural changes in seafood production and trade in Japan. The objectives of this analytical investigation include: 1) Evaluation of the role reversal of Japan and the United States in international seafood trade and 2) quantification of the impact of rising prices of frozen surimi on household consumption of surimi-based foods in Japan. This study documents Japan's regression from "seafood self-sufficiency" to increasing dependence on imported products and raw materials. In particular, Japan's growing dependence on American fishermen and seafood producers is described. Surimi production by the United States, and its emerging dominance over Japanese sources of supply, are especially significant. Results of the analysis suggest that Japanese consumer demand for surimi-based food stuffs correlates directly with "competitive" food prices, e.g., pork, chicken, and beef, and inversely with personal income. Also revealed is how rising household income and relative price shifts among competing animal protein sources in the Japanese diet have contributed to declining household consumption of surimi-based foods, specifically, and a shift away from seafoods in favor of beef, in general. The linkages between, for example. Japanese domestic seafood production and consumption, international trade in marine products, and resource management decisions in the U.S. EEZ present a picture of a changing global marketplace. Increasingly, actions in one arena will have perhaps profound implications in the others.

Item Type: Article
Title: Trade and Management: Exclusive Economic Zones and the Changing Japanese Surimi Market
Personal Creator/Author:
Sproul, John T.
Queirolo, Lewis E.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 56
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 31-39
Date: 1994
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 9858
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 15:43
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 15:43

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