A Social Census of Georgia's Working Waterfronts (Final Report)
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A Social Census of Georgia's Working Waterfronts (Final Report)

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    Current data on the Georgia seafood industry’s demographics, economics, and social conditions has been missing. This research project fills that gap through its investigation of 1) Current demographic, economic, and social conditions of the seafood industry, and how these compare to historical trends, and 2) Labor supply conditions for the industry, and strategies that can address the distressed workforce and aging of the fleet. Intellectual Merit: This project conducted asocial census of Georgia’s working waterfronts to provide a current snapshot of Georgia’s seafood industry, and an assessment of changes in the industry over the last 20-40 years. This collaborative research engagement with the fishing community has produced findings that may prove useful to other working waterfronts around the nation. Broader Impacts: The project has identified labor force concerns voiced by the industry, and identified best practices to remedy these issues, assisted by case study analysis. Drawing on these case studies, the collaborative work with those in fishing communities, and analysis conducted in this project, project outreach has the potential to assist policy-makers, businesses, and fishing families in identifying solutions to sustain Georgia’s commercial seafood industry. This project had substantial educational impacts as it incorporated both undergraduate researchers and volunteers, and graduate research assistants at two Georgia universities.
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    GAUS-S-20-001
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