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Nordic Fisheries at a Crossroad

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Nordic fisheries at a crossroad explores how Nordic small-scale fisheries can develop to promote high value creation and product specialization. By looking at recent developments among small-scale but land-based food producers we suggest specialization and dedication as the main development strategies. The central notion is to break away from the price-competitive globalised fish markets and develop new products or distribution models. To succeed in this, there is a need for substantive and coordinated efforts to bridge the gap between conventional logics and the new development logics, between supply and demand. The vision should be to develop viable and composite markets for high quality and specialty fish products through dedication and specialization. Markets that go beyond the local and reach supermarkets and consumers on a national and international scale.

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Conclusions

The chapter concludes on the main findings in the report. The critical situation of smallscale fisheries and the gaps that have been identified in this report, suggest that a larger and coordinated effort is needed. New development paths for the producers should include both the supply and demand side and should aim pragmatically at bridging the gap between the conventional production methods and the new strategies of differentiated development. There is no single business model that can recreate viable small-scale fishing sectors in the Nordic countries. In order to do this, there is a need to find a range of business models as well as to develop these in scale and scope. The vision should be to develop viable and composite markets for high quality and specialty fish products – markets that go beyond the local and reach consumers on a national and international scale.

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