A Short Term Production Planning Model in Fish Processing

  • Bjørnar Mikalsen
  • Terje Vassdal
Part of the Nato Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 10)


The Norwegian fish processing industry has clearly less profit-ability than the average Norwegian industries. This is the case for the modern freezing industry as well as the traditional product ion of stockfish and salted fish. There is hardly one conclusive reason for this, but the explanations are usually sought among the following conditions:
  1. a)

    A general overcapacity in this industry. The net operating surplus is consequently unable to cover the fixed costs.

  2. b)

    The prices of raw fish (as input to the industry) are fixed by means of central negotiation based on hypotheses on world market prices. More often than not these price-estimates have overvalued the actual prices, and thus eroded the finances of the manufacturers.

  3. c)

    In some coastal regions there are great seasonal variations in landings of fish. For long periods the production equipment is hardly utilized.

  4. d)

    The managerial skills are insufficient, especially in the smallest companies.



Linear Programming Model World Market Price Fresh Fish Fish Processing Production Planning Problem 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bjørnar Mikalsen
    • 1
  • Terje Vassdal
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of FisheriesUniversity of TromsøNorway
  2. 2.The Institute of Fishery Technology ResearchTromsøNorway

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