Economics faculty receives research award

By Harley Nefe

BOONE, N.C. – Dr. John Whitehead, professor in the Department of Economics, received an award from the North Carolina Commercial Resource Fund for $34,652 during the period of Aug. 1, 2019 to Aug. 1, 2020.

Whitehead’s research is titled “Impact Analysis of North Carolina’s Commercial Fisheries.” He is working alongside Jane Harrison and Barry Nash from the North Carolina Sea Grant, Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland from North Carolina State University, and Christopher Dumas from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The objective of the project is to increase the understanding of the economic impact of North Carolina’s commercial fisheries. This involves collecting and analyzing the novel cost and supply chain data throughout the seafood harvesting, and processing and distributing sectors, including consumer-facing businesses. The project also consists of quantifying the consumer demand for North Carolina’s seafood and assessing the economic impact using methodological best-practices.

This assessment of North Carolina’s commercial fisheries is needed to measure the importance of commercial fishing in the state economy and to inform fishery policy and management decisions.

The Commercial Fishing Resource Fund is composed of funds from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries to support the development of sustainable commercial fishing in North Carolina.

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Economics faculty receives research award
Published: Oct 1, 2019 12:11pm