Eco-Labeled Seafood: Determinants for (Blue) Green Consumption

Author(s): Jonell, M., Crona, B., Brown, K., Rönnbäck, P. Troell, M.
In: Sustainability 8(9), 884; doi:10.3390/su8090884
Year: 2016
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Marine
Link to centre authors: Crona, Beatrice, Troell, Max
Full reference: Jonell, M., Crona, B., Brown, K., Rönnbäck, P. Troell, M. 2016. Eco-Labeled Seafood: Determinants for (Blue) Green Consumption. Sustainability 8(9), 884; doi:10.3390/su8090884


Eco-certification has become an increasingly popular market-based tool in the endeavor to reduce negative environmental impacts from fisheries and aquaculture. In this study, we aimed at investigating which psychological consumer characteristics influence demand for eco-labeled seafood by correlating consumers’ stated purchasing of eco-labeled seafood to nine variables: environmental knowledge regarding seafood production, familiarity with eco-labels, subjective knowledge, pro-environmental self-identification, sense of personal responsibility, concern for negative environmental impacts from seafood production, perceived consumer effectiveness, gender and education. Results from this study suggest that strengthening the emotional component of consumer decision-making and improving the level of consumer familiarity with seafood eco-labels could stimulate more pro-environmental seafood consumption.

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