Title: Estimating preferences for non-market attributes of aquaculture and sustainable seafood production: methods and empirical applications

Authors: Robert J. Johnston, Cathy A. Roheim, Deepak P. Joglekar, Robert S. Pomeroy

Addresses: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, University of Connecticut at Avery Point, 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340-6048, USA. ' Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA. ' Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut at Avery Point, 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340-6048, USA. ' Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, University of Connecticut at Avery Point, 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340-6048, USA

Abstract: If aquaculture is to promote sustainable seafood production, the public must be willing to accept associated tradeoffs. Tradeoffs may include impacts on a variety of environmental and social attributes. Public preferences for aquaculture may differ according to type of operation, species, region, and other factors. Stated preference methods can assist policymakers in designing balanced, beneficial, and widely-supported aquaculture projects. This paper discusses the use of stated preference methodology to assess tradeoffs associated with aquaculture. An application to sustainable seafood production highlights both the methodology and results associated with such methods.

Keywords: aquaculture; stated preferences; choice experiments; sustainable seafood; seafood production; ecolabelling; economics; tradeoffs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2008.020573

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2008 Vol.33 No.4, pp.469 - 484

Available online: 30 Sep 2008 *

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