Explaining the Mismatch Between the Norwegian Salted Cod Value Chain and the Spanish Fish Market

  • José Luis Sánchez-HernándezEmail author
Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 8)


Spain has a long tradition of salted fish consumption. Norwegian salted cod enjoyed a good reputation in Spain for its regular supply and traditional taste. Nevertheless, between 1978 and 1986, Spain lost access to cod fishing grounds in the North Atlantic and importation turned out to be the only way to feed Europe’s second largest per capita consumption market for salted fish products. Norway became its main cod supplier until the late 1990s. However, the Norwegian salted cod industry has failed to keep this strategic market because its leading actors have not renegotiated a new definition of quality attuned to the current patterns of fish consumption in Spain.


Fresh fish Quota system Value chain Consumption trends Mediterranean diet Food origin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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