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Game-, Reindeer- and AquaFood Research Program – GRAF :
» Consumer needs and expectations in the global markets
» Healthy, tasty, and high-quality food products
» Diverse and sustainable food production
» Changes in livelihoods and business sector competitiveness
» Projects 
  •Developing Reindeer husbandry and Reindeer meat market
  •Markets for products of captive fisheries
  •BENEFISH – the economic impact of the welfare of fish in European fish farming
  •Development of fish product quality research
  •Effects of live-chilling on product quality
  •Regulating the sexual maturity of rainbow trout in food fish production
  •Improving fish quality
  •The quality of European whitefish in the supply chain
  •Electric stunning of vendace
  •Action plan for sustainable aquaculture in Åland
  •Effects of location guidance on the fish farming economy
  •Environmental investment in fish farming
  •Diversifying aquaculture
  •Research on the selective breeding of whitefish
  •Research on production biology
  •New wave
  •Software for assessing the profitability of fish farming
  •Economic success factors of the reindeer husbandry  
  •Fish Consumption and the Catering Sector 
  •Utilization of less-valuable fish material in food, feed and bioenergy

Markets for products of captive fisheries

These days the fish market in Finland contains mostly farmed and imported fish, and that makes the coastal catches of professional fishermen specialty products. This project asked three main questions: How has market globalization affected the price structure of traditional coastal fish species? How do farmed fish and imported salmon affect the price of wild fish? Where is the price settled – in the local fish wholesale business or on the international market?

The goal of the project

The goal of the project was to study the market for Baltic freshwater fish species in Finland and Sweden. The market for Danish portion-size rainbow trout in Germany was also analysed. Competition between fish species and local price formation were studied with time-series analyses of prices with a co-integration method. How farmed rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), salmon and whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) affected the prices of captive freshwater species was of special interest.


The world market prices of salmonoids were found to have an effect on the prices of white meat species caught in the coastal area. European whitefish is a central species in the Finnish fish market and local markets of whitefish species have integrated. The primary market areas of Southern Finland defined prices in Northern Finland. The markets of Finland and Sweden were observed as being integrated for almost all fish species.

Scientist in charge of project

Jari Setälä
Turku Game and Fisheries Research
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 3, FIN- 20520-Turku, Finland
Phone: +358 295 327 682

Other research staff: Jarno Virtanen, Kaija Saarni, Asmo Honkanen,
Jukka Laitinen (Åbo Akademi University), Max Nielsen (iFØI)


Finnish Fishermen’s Association, Provincial Government of Åland, Sveriges Ostkustfiskares Centralförbund, Institute of Food and Resource Economics of Denmark, fish wholesale markets.

Duration: 2004–2006

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