Charles M. Adams

Professor, Extension Marine Economist

Marine Economics: wide range of economic issues associated with marine-related industries in Florida.

Dr. Adams received his BS in Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University. He earned a PhD from the University of Florida's Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED) in 1984. He was hired as an Assistant Professor that same year in FRED. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1994. He is also the Marine Economics Specialist for the Florida Sea Grant Program at UF, a position he has also held since 1984. Dr. Adams has a Full Extension appointment, but is heavily engaged in a variety of applied research efforts. His primary areas of specialty includes addressing a wide range of economic issues related to marine fisheries management, seafood markets and demand, marine aquaculture feasibility, coastal industry activity and impact, and changes in coastal environmental conditions. His work serves to assist industry, agency, and public user groups in their decisions regarding marine resource management, utilization, and investment. Dr. Adams has served on the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fisheries Management Councils, and currently serves as a Task Force member for the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. He also is the Gulf-region Sea Grant representative for the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition. Dr. Adams has published in a wide variety of economics and environmental journals, and has been most recently funded by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, USDA, the Florida Sea Grant College Program, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, NOAA and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Adams is a member of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, the North American Association of Fisheries Economists, the World Aquaculture Society, the National Shellfisheries Association, and the International Association of Aquaculture Economics and Management.


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Serving as faculty with the Food and Resource Economics Department, while also serving as the statewide Marine Economics Specialist for the Florida Sea Grant College Program. 

The overall mission and goal for this position is to develop and maintain a statewide comprehensive marine economics educational extension program that encompasses the entire complement of marine-related industry sectors.  Program efforts are aimed at identifying and addressing marine-related economic problems and opportunities in an innovative manner which fosters the efficient and judicious utilization of Florida's marine resources.   The primary objective of the program is to increase awareness of economic issues and to empower the various clientele groups with the expertise to effectively address economic problems and opportunities.  This objective is accomplished by conducting economic analyses and development of educational materials designed to address clientele needs.  The primary delivery modes include extension publications and presentations, organized workshops, and individual consultation.  The topics addressed during these presentations, workshops, and consultations range over an extremely broad complement of issues.

The overall objective of this position necessitates (1) the development of effective extension education programs and (2) the initiation / involvement in supportive applied research.  Extension program development focuses on three primary areas of specialization including:

1)  Marine Resource Economics and Management
2)  Marine Aquaculture Feasibility,
3)  Coastal Industry / Community Economic Assessment.

The clientele groups include commercial fishermen, seafood purveyors at all market levels, seafood processors, marine recreational boaters and fishers, marina operators, charter/head/dive boat operators, marine aquaculturists, as well as local, state, and regional marine resource management agencies and marine trade associations.  The informational base for this position requires a familiarity with available secondary data, as well as an ability to generate primary data via applied research projects.  The informational output of the program also serves as input to the county Sea Grant marine extension faculty to better facilitate development and implementation of their local educational programs.

Charles M Adams Professor, Extension Marine Economist