Georgia Sea Grant

A Social Census of Georgia’s Working Waterfronts

Project Summary

Georgia’s seafood industry is of great importance to the state. Yet little is known about the industry’s makeup as there is a lack of current data on demographic, economic, and social well-being conditions.  Thus, future planning and setting priorities for industry growth and stability are difficult.

We seek to address these issues by gathering current information about social and economic conditions via a census of historic and current industry infrastructure, a survey of seafood industry participants, and in-depth interviews. These data will provide information for analysis that will be instrumental to regulatory and industry interests moving forward.

This project also includes significant education component, including an undergraduate field research course, and development of website materials that will allow the public to explore the history and current status of Georgia’s working waterfronts.

This projects is supported in part by an Institutional Grant (NA10)AR4170084) to the Georgia Sea Grant College Program from the National Sea Grant Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce.   All views, opinions, finding, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Georgia Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the United States Department of Commerce.

Research Publications


Project Team

This project was a collaborative effort:

  • Tracy Yandle (PI, Associate Professor, Emory University)
  • Jennifer Tookes (Co-PI, Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University
  • Brian Fleuch (University of Georgia Extension, Public Service Assistant & Associate Director, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant)