Oyster Research

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Overview

Since 2014, the Center for Experimental & Applied Economics has been collaborating on a number of projects examining consumer preferences for oysters in an effort to support the proposed Delaware oyster aquaculture initiative.

Funding and support has been provided by: Delaware Sea Grant, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Delaware Economic Development Office, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Delaware NSF EPSCoR, the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN),  the Center for Behavioral & Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR), and the Cape May Lewes Ferry.

On this page, you can find:

  • Fact Sheet Downloads
  • Videos
  • News Stories
  • Presentation File Downloads

Delaware Oyster Fact Sheet
Download a one-page fact sheet on oyster insights in Delaware, prepared in winter 2017 following a series of successful consumer preference studies focused on oysters.

Delaware Oyster Insights Infographic
Download an infographic on oyster insights in Delaware, prepared in winter 2017 following a series of successful consumer preference studies focused on oysters.

Delaware’s Oyster Industry: Economic Forecast Draft Report
Download an economic forecast report developed by undergraduate students Ethan Kahn, Madeline Pioli, Courtney Reynolds, Mitchell Tappan, and Victoria Williams under the advisement of Dr. Julianna Butler and Dr. Jens Schubert.

Watch a series of videos about the research conducted throughout the course of the project, and a report of the final project findings.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOPNBB2TL0Ywn4QWBtSfC_TUHL4F11yxw

  • New southern Delaware delicacy highlighted at ceremony
    Southern Delaware’s new delicacy, oysters grown in the Inland Bays, were unveiled and celebrated at their launch event. ABC Channel 47 - January 11, 2019
  • How Delaware oysters reappeared on local menus
    Southern Delaware oysters back on the menu thanks to new aquaculture program.The News Journal by Maddy Lauria - November 21, 2018
  • Marketing Oysters
    UD researchers present findings on how to best market oysters. UDaily by Adam Thomas - March 8, 2017
  • Marketing Oysters in the Delaware Bay: Top 5 Insights Cool Green Science, Smarter by Nature by Elizabeth Schuster - January 11, 2017
  • Oysters: Local Vs. Non-local UD researchers conduct study of consumers’ oyster preferences. UDaily by Adam Thomas - August 22, 2016
  • Farm to table - Crowds gather to view agriculture, natural resource exhibits at 40th Ag Day. UDaily by Adam Thomas - May 5, 2015
  • UD Day in DC - Senators, feds, alumni check out latest research in UD Day in DC UDaily by Beth Miller - March 27, 2015

Heterogeneous Preferences and Demographic Differences for Oysters: Evidence from Field Experiments

Li, Tongzhe, Maik Kecinski and Kent Messer. “Heterogeneous Preferences and Demographic Differences for Oysters: Evidence from Field Experiments.” Consumer Preferences for Delaware Oysters: An Economic Evaluation of Marking Messages Workshop. Lewes, Delaware. February 2017.

Shellfish Aquaculture Industry Overview

Ewart, John. “Shellfish Aquaculture Industry Overview.” Consumer Preferences for Delaware Oysters: An Economic Evaluation of Marking Messages Workshop. Lewes, Delaware. February 2017.

Consumer Preferences for Oysters: Field Experiments on Brand, Location, Growing Method and Environmental Benefits

Kecinski, Maik. Kent Messer, Audrey Peo, Lauren Knapp, and Yossi Shirazi. “Consumer Preferences for Oysters: Field Experiments on Brand, Location, Growing Method and Environmental Benefits.” Consumer Preferences for Delaware Oysters: An Economic Evaluation of Marking Messages Workshop. Lewes, Delaware. February 2017.

Recent Developments in Delaware’s Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Program

Hense, Zina. “Recent Developments in Delaware’s Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Program.” Consumer Preferences for Delaware Oysters: An Economic Evaluation of Marking Messages Workshop. Lewes, Delaware. February 2017.