Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 909–929 | Cite as

Local, regional and global markets: what drives the tuna fisheries?

  • Patrice Guillotreau
  • Dale Squires
  • Jenny Sun
  • Guillermo A. Compeán
Research Paper


Tuna products are amongst the most popular seafoods in the world and widely traded across the globe. Their global trade developed at a very early stage in the growth and development of tuna fisheries. In this article, recent evolutions of tuna markets in terms of products (for both sashimi and cannery-grade tuna products), market structures, and trade are introduced followed by a comprehensive study of global integration through price linkages. Most studies show a high degree of market integration and competition through prices at the world-wide level. Finally, we introduce some original results about the relationship between catches and prices (estimated coefficients of demand elasticity and flexibility), and provide answers to a few key questions for tuna fisheries and markets, including: How do consumers respond to price changes? Are fish price changes fully transmitted to consumers? Is there any economic incentive for fishers to comply with reduced catch quotas? Do fishers target particular tuna species according to the relative price of tuna species?


Tuna markets Supply and demand interactions Value chain Prices 



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation and is funded through Coupled Natural and Human systems project called Fishscape under NSF Grant No. CNH-1010280, the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), under grant CEP (changements environnementaux planétaires) MACROES (ANR-09-CEP-003) and the international project MADE (Mitigating the Adverse Ecological Impact of Fishing, funded by the European Commission under the 7th Research Framework Programme). We also acknowledge the community-building support of CLIOTOP (Climate Impact on Oceanic Top Predators) and IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research, Human Dimension Working Group). The results are not necessarily those of the National Marine Fisheries Service, nor of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. Finally, we are grateful to Richard Brill for his effective editing job on this article, and to three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments to improve the article. Any remaining mistake would be ours.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LEMNAUniversité de NantesNantes Cedex 3France
  2. 2.NMFS and UCSD, Southwest Fisheries Science CenterLa JollaUSA
  3. 3.Gulf of Maine Research InstitutePortlandUSA
  4. 4.Inter-American Tropical Tuna CommissionLa JollaUSA

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