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The demand for fish as human food
Hamlisch, R.; Taylor, R.A. (1962). The demand for fish as human food, in: Heen, E. et al. Fish in nutrition. pp. 385-410
In: Heen, E.; Kreuzer, R. (1962). Fish in nutrition. Fishing News (Books): London. XXIII, 447 pp., more

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  • Hamlisch, R.
  • Taylor, R.A.

    Principal trends in the demand for fish as human food in Western Europe, in North America, and in developing countries, are summarized. Available evidence suggests that average consumption levels in Western Europe and North America are not likely to change materially in the foreseeable future. The outlook is favourable for selected products in the 'luxury' class characterized by high income elasticities. Consumption of less valued fish, on the other hand, may substantially decline with improvement in levels of real income. Greater emphasis on quick-freezing and advances in the fields of technology, transport, storage, and distribution can be expected to widen markets for fishery products, especially in some European countries. Demand may also be stimulated by introduction of new products, by careful attention to price policies and trade practices, and by intensified promotional activities. Competition from other animal protein foods will, if anything, increase rather than diminish. In order not to lose their markets, therefore, the fishery industries of developed countries will have to maintain considerable flexibility in their policies, and see to it that relative costs are not allowed to get out of line. . Competition from other foods is much less important in developing countries. There is no question that fish consumption could be greatly expanded in most of these countries, provided: (1) increased supplies were made available in markets not adequately served, because of lack of facilities for transport and marketing, and because of various institutional factors limiting market quantities ; (2) educational campaigns were initiated to increase the knowledge of nutritional aspects and to break down superstitions and taboos ; (3) incomes were raised to enable consumers to enrich their diets by the addition of animal protein foods, particularly fish, the cheapest source of such foods.

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