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The marketing and price formation of diamond squid Thysanoteuthis rhombus in Japan
Omoto, S.; Kajita, A.; Shiraishi, H. (1998). The marketing and price formation of diamond squid Thysanoteuthis rhombus in Japan, in: Okutani, T. Contributed papers to International Symposium on Large Pelagic Squids, July 18-19, 1996, for JAMARC's 25th anniversary of its foundation. pp. 199-205
In: Okutani, T. (1998). Contributed papers to International Symposium on Large Pelagic Squids, July 18-19, 1996, for JAMARC's 25th anniversary of its foundation. Japan Marine Fishery Resources Research Center: Tokyo. 269 pp., more

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  • Omoto, S.
  • Kajita, A.
  • Shiraishi, H.

Abstract
    This paper describes the marketing and price formation of diamond squid Thysanoteuthis rhombus in Japan. Marketing was investigated by interviews with persons involved in the distribution of diamond squid, and price formation was studied by analysis of collected landing records. The main producing districts were Okinawa, Kagoshima, and several prefectures facing the Japan Sea (Hyogo, Shimane, Kyoto, etc.), while the main consuming district was Nagoyacity in Aichi prefecture. Supermarkets and kaiten sushi-bars in Nagoya utilized diamond squid as alternatives to frozen cuttlefish Sepia officinalis. Diamond squid caught in the Japan Sea were shipped fresh to wholesale markets in consuming districts. In other words, Japan Sea diamond squid were handled through visible distribution. This result suggests that fluctuations in the catch in the Japan Sea affect the wholesale market prices in consuming districts. On the other hand, though Okinawa diamond squid were handled frozen through invisible distribution, the wholesale market prices in consuming districts affected price formation in Okinawa.

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