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Evaluation of fishery products in wholesale fish market of Istanbul and Izmir metropolitan (Turkey)

Serpil Yilmaz*, Erkan Gumus, Zehra Arzu Becer, Jale Korun and Mustafa Unlusayin

Akdeniz University, Fisheries Faculty, Campus, 07059 Antalya- TURKEY

Corresponding Author's Email: serpilyilmaz@akdeniz.edu.tr (Serpil Yilmaz)

Page No: 642 - 651

Keywords: Fishery products marketing, Fishery production, Fishing, Aquaculture and Statistical analysis

Received October 24, 2014; Revision November 01, 2014, Accepted November 26, 2014 Available Online December 30, 2014


The aim of this study was to examine various aspects of the fishery products in wholesale marketing system considering legislation of the EU and Turkey by using the case study of Istanbul and Izmir wholesale markets with respect to fisherman point of view. Data were collected from one hundred thirteen fishermen engaged in capturing and aquaculture farming by using a face to face questionnaire. Questionnaire was conducted during the fishing and no-fishing periods. The sample fishermen were selected randomly. Responses of the fishermen were also statistically analyzed by using chi square test for province, education level, age and fishing type groups. Result of the study revealed that brokers are still dominant and most efficient form of intermediation in the metropolitan wholesale markets. It was reported that three main reasons pushed to the fishermen to sell their products through a commissioner agents. Firstly, the commissioners provide fisherman with easy and efficient access to the retail market. Secondly, the commissioners provide fishermen with short-term credit (advance payment) and confidence. Thirdly, legislations and inadequate producer organizations encourage commissioners position. Results of the study indicate strong relation between fishermen and commissioners. Fisherman who is engaging aquaculture has more bargaining power than capturing because of the relatively high consignment arrangement possibilities. Disarrangement, insufficient storage and ice producing capacity, hygiene and inadequate inspection problems were indicated as major problems in the wholesale markets.

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