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The Demand for Seafood Eco-Labels in France
1CREM-CNRS, LEMNA, Université of Rennes
2LEMNA, University of Nantes
3LEMNA, University of Nantes
4Seafood Marketing Consultant
Citation Information: Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization. Volume 8, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1542-0485, DOI: 10.2202/1542-0485.1308, December 2010
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The French fishing industry has a long history and its seafood market a wide variety of products. Despite the worldwide growth in ecolabelling schemes over the past decade, the French industry has only very recently shown an interest in such schemes. Growing consumer and retailer awareness of environmental issues in France has changed the situation and it is now of interest to look at the demand for seafood ecolabelling in relation to the public perception of commercial fishing.We analyse, using an ordered Probit model, the factors influencing consumer demand for seafood ecolabelling on the basis of a French survey carried out on more than 1000 consumers. Our results show a significant relationship between the acceptability of ecolabelling and certain purchase criteria. The production process characteristics in (origin, wild vs. farmed, level of natural stocks) impact more strongly on the demand for ecolabelling than product attributes (form, visual appeal, freshness). Consumers are also influenced more by regulation than by information, inaccurate or otherwise, they may have about the fishing industry. Finally, our analysis confirms a higher demand for ecolabelling from young, educated consumers, particularly those living in non-coastal areas.