Supply Chain Management in Seafood

Essay by cicirabbitUniversity, Master'sA-, August 2009

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Seafood is an important constituent health diet which has plenty of nutrimental components, such as Omega-3 DHA and EPA, and low in fat. Thus, it is obvious that seafood is good for human's health and welcomed by consumers. However, it is also perishable cargo which has potential risk to consumers. Any mistake of quality of seafood could cause tremendous problem. Therefore, quality of seafood products has become a major problem in Supply Chain Management (SCM), in particular in the links of packaging, transport and distribution which are vulnerable to damage. SCM is the collaborative effort of numerous channel members to design, implement, and manage seamless value-added process to create value for end customer. This report reviewed the various changes in the seafood market in the last 10 to 20 years and discussed the impact of supply chain management in seafood industry. The key characteristics and various changes of seafood during past 20 years are introduced.

The changes of seafood characters are also discussed, such as the seafood market, the supply and demand forces and seafood consumers. After analysis of the supply and demand forces change following those changes in both market landscape and product itself, recommendations on the improvement of supply chain management is given in the end. Anyway, the development of technologies contributes greatly for effective and efficient SCM.

As a fast growing food category in world food supply chains, seafood is a good supplement to any sorts of diet as it is low in fat. Most of seafood species contains 20% or less fat in total calories, which make it a perfect source of protein. The better news is that the fat from seafood, especially fishes, could prevent certain type of disease such as cardiopathy and apoplexy. Compared to red meat or poultryhigh level fat in fish contrarily...