ABSTRACT: Growing demand for local, sustainable food is supporting an explosion of direct marketing throughout the United States (U.S.). Despite recent scholarship on ethics and sustainability issues in seafood, these are less commonly addressed among the consumers participating in the local food movement. This paper examines the interplay between demand for local and ethically sourced foods and the implications for seafood sustainability in the U.S. south, asking: what are Georgia consumer perceptions of local and sustainable foods, to what extent do they consider seafood in the local food movement, and how can Georgia fisheries fit within these understandings and preferences? We refashion a values‐based supply chain model to encapsulate consumers’ preferences, and propose a three‐tiered, process based model of involvement for seafood consumers. In sum, we argue that sustainable seafood deserves a more prominent place in the local food movement.
ABSTRACT: There is a lack of information regarding the barriers preventing Georgia seafood producers from taking advantage of a presumed market premium in inland markets. Using a two-pronged approach, we estimated the willingness to pay (WTP) for locally caught Georgia seafood (clams, crab, oysters, shrimp, and grouper) sold in either farmers markets or through community supported agriculture outlets in the Atlanta-Athens area. We then estimated the costs per pound associated with targeting inland markets using an enterprise budget framework. This cost data, combined with the WTP data, provides a more holistic picture of the potential profitability associated with transporting Georgia-caught seafood inland to in-state consumers. While our analysis suggests inland markets could be economically viable for shrimp, we also identified factors hindering the development of inland markets.