Journal of Bioeconomics

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 39–51 | Cite as

A Global Ex-vessel Fish Price Database: Construction and Applications

  • U. Rashid SumailaEmail author
  • A. Dale Marsden
  • Reg Watson
  • Daniel Pauly


We describe the first effort at creating a global ex-vessel fish price database, which is required for understanding the economic behavior of participants in the world’s fisheries. We demonstrate potential applications of the database by linking it to a spatially defined catch database, which makes it possible to attach landed values to species in both time and space. This is the first database available publicly where interested members of the public, researchers and managers can easily find and access ex-vessel prices of the world’s major commercial fish species. Preliminary results indicate that the average real price of a number of species have declined between 1950 and 2002. The estimated landed value of fish globally, in year 2000 dollars, was about US$24 billion in 1950. It increased steadily to about US$90 billion in the early 1970s, reached a peak of US$100 billion at the end of the 1980s, and declined to about US$80 billion in 2000. The top 15 fishing countries cumulatively account for 79% of total real landed value, with Japan leading, even though the value of its landings has been declining.


landed values catches spatial mapping and temporal applications 

JEL classification

Q22 Q28 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Rashid Sumaila
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Dale Marsden
    • 2
  • Reg Watson
    • 3
  • Daniel Pauly
    • 4
  1. 1.Sea Around Us Project and Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Fisheries CentreUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Sea Around Us Project and Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Fisheries CentreUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Sea Around Us Project, Fisheries CentreUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  4. 4.Sea Around Us Project, Fisheries CentreUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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