Poaching Constrains Supply of Elvers

Poaching Constrains Supply of Elvers

The supply chain of baby eels, called elvers, is facing tighter controls from Elver Fishery in Maine to Eel Dish in Japan.

The root cause? Illegal poaching.  A pound of elvers goes for more than a thousand dollars.

State law enforcement officers will oversee the weighing, packing and shipping of the eels to ensure elvers are legally harvested from participating fishermen within a quota of 9,688 pounds per fishery.

Video Spotlight: Poaching Threatens Maine’s Eel Fishing Industry

This post is based on the Washington Post article, New controls in Maine to prevent poaching of valuable eels, by Patrick Whittle, February 22, 2019, and the YouTube video, Poaching Threatens Maine’s Eel Fishing Industry, by AP, August 12, 2017. Image source:(c) Erica Simone Leeds

Discussion Questions:

1. Identify the unethical and illegal behaviors spotlighted in Maine’s baby eel supply chain.

Guidance: Examples of unethical and illegal behavior include poaching eels from rivers and streams, exporting poached eels to Asian aquaculture companies, exceeding eels quotas to profit from illegal sales, and tampering with eel shipments to bypass the state’s tracking system. Each of these behaviors is illegal, but student discussion can also focus on ethicality.

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CostCo’s Farm-To-Table Rotisserie Chicken

CostCo’s Farm-To-Table Rotisserie Chicken

November 12, 2018

Costco is building a farm-to-table production system in Fremont, Nebraska, to manage both the supply and demand of its rotisserie chickens.

About 100 chicken farmers will sign a 15-year contract to raise enough chickens suited for the rotisserie.  Farmers are vertically integrated with Costco’s production system that consists of a processing plant, hatchery, and feed mill.

The production system can process two million chickens per week at full capacity, more than enough to meet Costco’s annual demand of 60 million rotisserie chickens.

This post is based on the NPR article, Costco Builds Nebraska Supply Chain For Its $5 Rotisserie Chickens, by Grant Gerloc, October 22, 2018 Image source: moodboard/Getty Images.

Discussion Question:

1.  What are the operational advantages of Costco’s farm-to-table production system for rotisserie chickens?

Guidance: Costco will be able to ensure a steady supply of chickens that are consistent in quality and size for the rotisserie.  Costco can also better control its supply and demand of rotisserie chicken

2. What is the significance of the supply chain integration for Costco’s rotisserie chicken?

Guidance: With a vertically integrated rotisserie chicken supply chain, enough chickens of the suitable size will be Continue reading