The guest lecturer in 2007 was professor James L. Anderson from the University of Rhode Island, USA. Professor Anderson is an economist who has specialized in the economics and marketing in fisheries and aquaculture. He has several publications to his name, including a book on the International Seafood Trade, published in 2003.
The general theme of his lectures will be "fisheries and aquaculture: Managing for the market"
The lecture topics were as follows (colour = slides available) :
The Future of the Seafood Sector: This presentation will address key trends in the seafood market: aquaculture, international trade, the movement toward rights-based fishery management, consolidation, health concerns, eco-labeling, environmental groups, the consumer, and China.
Market forecasting - Developing price forecasts for the global seafood industry: This lecture looks at several different approaches to constructing models to forecast prices in the seafood sector. Emphasis is given to timely price forecasts used by shrimp farmers, traders, processors, buyers for retail and restaurant chains.
Sustainable aquaculture - What does it mean? How do we get there? This lecture gives a definition of sustainability and aquaculture. Both terms are remarkably imprecise. The second part suggests conditions which are necessary if aquaculture is to be sustainable. The essential requirement is defining rights and responsibilities correctly. Critical elements in the development of property rights are considered.
What is happening in the fishmeal market? What is the market telling us? This presentation evaluates claims that shortages in fishmeal will be a constraint to growth of aquaculture. Furthermore, it considers the claims that the farming of carnivorous fish is unsustainable.
Managing fisheries for the market: Case studies of Bluefin Tuna/Sea Scallops: This lecture looks at the linkage between the requirements for the market and how timing and gear used in the fishery influence price. How can bluefin tuna fisheries be managed for sustainability and to maximize return? This presentation will also look at how crop rotation of sea scallops can improve the management of sea scallops - both in terms of revenue and sustainability.