Value Chain Policy, Industrial Conventions and Market Performance: A Comparative Analysis of Norwegian and Icelandic Cod Exports to Spain

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


This paper identifies and explains the differences in market performance of value chains for Norwegian and Icelandic Atlantic cod products exported to Spain from 1990 to 2008. Iceland had a higher value performance than Norway in the chain linking the coastal fishing fleet to fresh fish auctions and in the vertically linked chain from trawler fleet to processing industries. Norway, however, has achieved higher product value in the industrial fishing fleet that can sell their catches through a law-protected value chain system that includes minimum prices and frozen fish auctions. These performance differences are shown associated with the two countries’ value chain policy and regulations that have been shaping the direction of industrial conventions over time.


Export trends and Norwegian and Icelandic shares Value adding performance Norwegian and Icelandic fish processing industries Differences in value chain structures and conventions 


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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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