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Title: Sea urchin: from plague to market opportunity
Authors: Grisolía Santos, José María 
López del Pino, Francisco 
Ortúzar, Juan de Dios 
UNESCO Clasification: 530404 Comercio exterior
Keywords: Erizo de mar
Oportunidad de mercados
Canarias
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: 0950-3293
Journal: Food Quality and Preference 
Abstract: The coast line of the Canary Islands (Spain) has suffered from a plague of Diadema antillarum (sea urchin) over the last decades. This has attracted the attention of local authorities since it is becoming a serious environmental problem. We set out to analyse the potential market for sea urchin meat in this region, where this species is not subject to commercial exploitation and it is relatively unknown. The paper uses data from a sample of volunteers who were interviewed before and after tasting different dishes cooked with sea urchin. We applied discrete choice models considering that answers before and after experiencing this food belonged to different types of data; this is a mixed data approach in the state of practice. Our main conclusion is that there is indeed a market niche for having specialised restaurants serving sea urchin as a delicacy food.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/44529
ISSN: 0950-3293
DOI: 10.1016/j.foodqual.2012.01.004
Source: Food Quality and Preference[ISSN 0950-3293],v. 25, p. 46-56
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