Aquaculture Economics and Marketing Research Group

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Aquaculture Economics and Marketing Research Group

Research Fields:

Socio-economic analysis of the aquaculture sector. The objective of the work is to explore the interactions between the aquaculture and the rural economy and society. Indicators are used to compare the different farming technologies in terms of labour and capital intensity of farming method; average farm size and ownership structure; diversification of activities; etc.. The research work tries to identify those socio-economic characteristics that determine the chosen farming method and tries to answer the question that why in certain regions do farmers use extensive technologies maximizing their profit to capital while in other regions farmers intensify their production with the aim of maximizing profit to unit area of pond.

Cost benefit analysis of aquaculture technologies. The group also deals with the cost-benefit analysis of different farming technologies and technology elements. This research serves as a basis for commercialization for R&D work in HAKI in the field of rearing technologies, feeding, aquaculture engineering and system development.

Optimization of biomass management and tank layout in multi-tank systems. With the increasing importance of controlled intensive farming technologies it has gained special attention to maximally utilize the tanks with adequate biomass management. The group works on identification of mathematical principles for management parameters for different systems, species and technologies. The sought managerial parameters are: fingerling batch arrival frequency, number of tanks dedicate to each growing phase, rearing time of each growing phase and sub-batches to be formed after each growing phase.

Economic valuation of ecosystem services of pond aquaculture. The group has been involved in monetization of the recreational value of angling service provided by multi-functional farms and there are plans to assess the aesthetic value stemming from the landscape formation effects of pond farming.

Testing fish consumption trend and consumer attitude in Hungary. The primary aim of the research work is the complete assessment and analysis of the potential consumer habits for new fish species in Hungary, as well as the identification of the possible take-off points. Due to the complexity of the analysis, the following objectives are identified: (1) differentiation of the potential consumer groups and their needs; (2) assessment of the typical parameters for the potential fish consumption in Hungary; (3) identification of the place of fish consumption in the consumers’ preference system; (4) revealing the components of consumer judgement; (5) revealing the opportunities for increasing the fish consumption in Hungary.

Projects and other contracted works:
•    AQUAREDPOT Improvement of research and innovation potential of Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI) to promote technological development in Central and Eastern European aquaculture. Funded by EU-FP7
•    SUSTAINAQ Sustainable aquaculture production through the use of recirculation systems. Funded by EU-FP6
•    Preparation of the European regional review on aquaculture development to feed in to the Global Aquaculture Conference 2010. Contracted work with FAO
•    Survey of the Hungarian fish consumption habits and complex structural analysis of the Hungarian aquaculture sector. Funded by the Agirculture and Rural Development Operational Programme 2004-2006
•    Study for the preparation of the Hungarian Fisheries Operational Programme (2014-2020). Funded by the Hungarian Fisheries Operational Programme 2007-2013
•    Breeding of sturgeons and of other freshwater predatory fish species in cages. Funded by the Hungary-Romania Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013


The development of the webpage (in 4 languages) has been 
supported by the AQUAREDPOT project funded by the European Commission (FP7-316266).