Belize in the Shrimp Global Value Chain

Shrimp is the second-leading seafood species as measured by world trade, trailing only salmon. There has been a strong increase in recent production, with global output increasing from 6.5 million MT in 2006 to 8.3 million MT in 2015, a jump of nearly 30%. The world’s leading shrimp producers traditionally have been in Southeast Asia; however, Early Mortality Syndrome has hurt stocks in Thailand and other locations. Belize is one such country. Aquaculture has traditionally been an important generator of revenue and foreign exchange, but a recent outbreak of EMS has decimated production and threatened the survival of multiple smaller and medium-sized businesses. This report uses the GVC framework to analyze Belize’s position in the shrimp industry and identify strategies for improving the competitiveness of domestic businesses.


Individuals within governments, nonprofits and the academic community have an interest in enhancing their understanding of how oceans impact the global economy. Whether the interest is in monitoring the health of fisheries, patrolling the surface or creating precise maps of the seafloor, the need for information on the ocean is vast. The Duke GVC Center, in partnership with its sponsors, conducts research on ocean-related global value chains.

Reports produced: 6
Publications: 4
Presentations: 6
Countries: United States and Canada

Here is a snapshot of the impact generated for one of Duke GVC Center’s clients within the ocean industry.

Nova Scotia’s Ocean Technologies – A Global Value Chain Analysis of Inshore & Extreme Climate Vessels, Remotely Operated & Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, and Underwater Sensors & Instrumentation

Client: The Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (NSERDT)

Challenge: NSERDT was looking to achieve three main objectives:
1. discover the market position and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) for Nova Scotia’s companies;

2. identify market and technology trends; and

3. make recommendations for increasing the competitiveness of the sector in Nova Scotia.

Approach & Outcome: To achieve these goals, the Duke GVC Center conducted a research report that focused on Nova Scotia’s position in three value chains: inshore and extreme climate vessels, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and underwater sensors and instrumentation. The Duke GVC Center provided an additional section within the report that provided specific recommendations related to supporting Nova Scotia companies, moving into higher value-added activities and regional value chain development activities.

Progress Enterprise: Ships Could Start Here

There is a simple reason why Irving should bring subcontracts of its national shipbuilding contract to Lunenburg. Mr. Kinley was speaking to the media shortly after Premier Darrell Dexter announced the results of Duke University’s (Durham, North Carolina) Centre on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness study, which suggests Nova Scotia should be at the centre of Canada’s shipbuilding future.

Sydney companies mentioned in shipbuilding report

HALIFAX — The owner of a Sydney company touted in a Duke University report on Nova Scotia’s shipbuilding capability says the mention is a feather in his company’s cap.

The NSPS Shipbuilding Value Chains

The report analyzes the anatomy of the ships procured under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), identifies opportunities for companies to participate in their construction and maintenance, and makes recommendations to government about supporting Nova Scotia companies, moving into higher value-added activities, and developing the regional value chain.

Ships contract creates opportunities offshore

Report author stresses potential for firms with nautical expertise to find markets elsewhere.

The NSPS Shipbuilding Value Chains

Charting a Course for 30 Years of Work

The province is helping Nova Scotians get ready to make the most of the federal shipbuilding contracts that will bring 30 years of opportunities and good jobs. Premier Darrell Dexter released an analysis of the range of activities needed to create, produce, deliver and maintain the arctic offshore patrol ships, polar icebreaker, and research vessels.

NS must become centre of shipbuilding excellence, study says

… companies over the next little while,” Dexter said of the study, conducted by Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness.

Shipbuilding contracts should lead to 30 years of opportunity

Duke University’s Centre on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness in Durham, NC, prepared the study, which shows how local companies could become …