Seafood Values: Fishing, Farming, and Community well-being

In coastal North Carolina and elsewhere, resource managers and coastal communities are faced with new and growing challenges related to shifts in seafood production and consumption. This project explores the values, attitudes, and associated possibilities for conflict and synergy associated with conventional commercial fishing (i.e., wild harvest) and an emerging aquaculture sector in North Carolina. The work focuses on "Down East" North Carolina -- an area of Carteret County with deep historical and community ties to the fishing industry. By elucidating the range and structure of values associated with different modes of seafood production, we aim to better understand the implications that seafood transitions hold for community well-being and resource management.

This project is a collaboration with colleagues at Duke University, the University of Maine, and the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute. For more information, visit our project website (exit to