Date of Award

1985

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs

Abstract

During 1982, the F/V ODIN, a fishing vessel from the Port of New Bedford, participated in a program to improve fish quality on board through use of innovative fish handling techniques. The captain and crew hoped to sell higher quality fish at a premium price. This thesis examines the prices the F/V ODIN received prior to participating in this experiment, the price differentials the vessel actually received for landing higher quality fish, and the impact of the program on the prices received by the ODIN following the project. Overall, the ODIN received a price premium equal to 7.2% of the vessel's gross stock during the period of the project. The reactions of both fishermen and processors to this price premium were examined, and the significance of the project for the future of the New England fishing industry was addressed.