Value Chains’ Constraining Effect on Industrial Conventions and Market Adaptions

  • Torbjørn TrondsenEmail author
Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 8)


Value chains constrain the business transactions’ capacity to maximize market value from limited resources. Seafood markets exhibit a strong demand for fresh, high-quality seafood, yet empirical studies show large variations in value chains’ adaptation and exploitation of market opportunities.

This paper shows that both the distance in space and time between the wild harvest and the consumption regions and the choice of preservation methods are important structural constraints for market adaptation. A comparative study of the Norwegian and Icelandic exports also shows that the value chains’ conventions, geographically rooted in harvesting and processing regions upstream, have a significant effect in shaping differences in the value chains’ market adaptation downstream.


Constraining effects Conventions Market adaptions Fish exports Cod value chains Environmental adaptation Governance Iceland Norway 



The author is thankful for critical comments and recommendations of an earlier draft of the paper from my colleagues Knut Lindkvist and José Luis Sànchez Hernàndez.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwegian College of Fishery ScienceUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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