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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2012, Vol 12, Num, 2     (Pages: Ferit Rad)

A Comparative Assessment of Turkish Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Using Economic Sustainability Indicators

Ferit Rad 1 ,Sevgi Rad 1

1 University of Mersin, Fisheries Faculty, Mersin, Turkey
2 University of Mersin, Erdemli School of Applied Technology and Management, Erdemli, Mersin, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v12_2_22 Viewed : 4047 - Downloaded : 3978 This paper aims to shed light on economic dimensions of inland capture fisheries and aquaculture in Turkey and to provide further comparisons of performance and development trends in both subsectors at national level by using some macro-economic and market indicators. To this end, indicators inter alia per capita domestic supply, contribution to GDP, ratio harvesting weight and value, mean real price/kg were computed using secondary data from the 1996-2009 period. The outcome of comparative assessment, e.g. supply, per capita supply, contribution to GDP, ratio harvesting weight and value, does provide evidence for increasing economic importance of aquaculture and changes in market dynamics for freshwater aquatic products in Turkey. While inland aquaculture, especially rainbow trout farming, is emerging as a major supplier and player in market for freshwater fish species, inland capture fisheries is losing ground. Taking into account the importance of inland fisheries from socio-economic perspective, effective policies and management measures are to be implemented to ensure economic sustainability of this subsector. On the other hand, inland aquaculture subsector also has to address challenges such as unregulated single-species supply, species diversification, product diversification/differentiation and image building to ensure its sustainability. Keywords : Inland capture fisheries, inland aquaculture, economic indicators, Turkey