Paul Steinar Valle
Kontali Analyse AS
Paul has been project and development manager of Kontali since March 2013. He has experience from education, research and management within higher education from Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and Molde University (business) college, and holds a professor qualification within the area of health management and animal health economics. Since engaged in Kontali he has primarily worked towards the Mediterranean sea bass and sea bream sector enforcing the quality of data collection, analysis and reporting, and has among other issues established a price benchmarking system for Greece that currently is being expanded to the entire Mediterranean.
The economic performance of fisheries and aquaculture
The sustainability and competitiveness of European seafood sector is assessed based on market/trade information (volume, price and value) gathered, for instance, from Eurostat/EUMOFA and by looking at some selected key species for Europe; cod and herring from the fisheries sector and trout, salmon, seabass and seabream from the aquaculture sector. In this context, the trends for balance between the European production and imports is investigated in the frame of PrimeFish project, including also the price differences between intra and extra EU trade and whether there are signs of extra EU imports affecting the value of intra EU trade. Further, the efficiency both within and between, the different selected aquaculture sectors within and outside EU (Norway, Turkey and Vietnam) is also reviewed, based on company specific economic performance (accounting), information gathered from ORBIS (BVDInfo) and by applying methods like data envelopment analysis (DEA). Currently there is an increasing seafood trade within the European Union which has induced an increase the value of the imports rather than their volumes. Further findings will be presented and discussed, with respect to key parameters, e.g. major bottlenecks, as the main drivers of the degree of competitiveness in the European seafood sector.