Benedict C. Posadas

Benedict C. Posadas

Associate Extension/Research Professor

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  • Phone: (228) 546-1024
  • Fax: (228) 388-1375
  • Office: Coastal Research & Extension Center
  • Address: 1815 Popps Ferry Rd., Biloxi, MS 39532

    Ph.D, Mississippi State University, 1998

Research Interests
    Socioeconomic impacts of aquatic animal diseases
  • Develop methodology of assessing the socioeconomic impacts of aquatic animal diseases.
  • Pilot-test the assessment methodology in aquatic animal disease outbreaks in any major producing state, region, country or continent.

  • Aquaculture and horticulture employment and wages
    • Monitor quarterly and annual trends in employment and wages in the aquaculture and horticulture industries in the U.S. and major producing states.
    • Conduct wage and employment surveys of seafood processing plants located in Mississippi and Alabama to determine employment and compensation of workers.

    • Gulf seafood and aquaculture price analysis
    • Monitor monthly trends in ex-vessel and wholesale prices of Gulf of Mexico shrimp products.
    • Monitor monthly trends in wholesale prices of aquaculture products in U.S. markets.

    • Gulf marine aquaculture production systems
    • This collaborative project will develop economic models for commercial marine foodfish and shellfish culture systems appropriate in the Gulf of Mexico region.

    • Economic contributions and labor management in the environmental horticulture industry
    • The Green Industry complex includes input suppliers, production firms, wholesale distribution firms, horticultural service firms providing landscape and urban forestry services, and retail operations.
    • In order to sustain robust growth in the nursery and greenhouse industry, continuous improvements in the skills of the workforce and their year-round availability are necessary. These workers perform varied functions and are subject to different working conditions.

    • Economic impacts of the natural and technological disasters
    • In order to understand the magnitude of the economic impacts of the oil spill To the different economic sectors affected, multi-year baseline economic information about each sector in all five Gulf states are currently being compiled from various secondary sources.
    • Economic recovery models are being developed using survey data, databases on licenses, and landings data on all five Gulf states

Benedict 'Ben' Posadas developed and maintains the horticulture and marine economics research and extension program at the Coastal Research and Extension Center with additional extramural funding from state, regional and federal agencies.

Recent Publications

  • Posadas, B.C., B.K.A. Posadas Jr. 2017. Economic impacts of the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway to the Mississippi oyster fishery. Journal of Food Distribution Society 48(1):42-45. Download

  • Posadas, B.C., A.K. Seymour, R.A. Posadas. 2016. Survey of seafood products handled by Mississippi restaurants. Bulletin 1219, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University. Download

  • Posadas, B.C. 2015. Economic impacts of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Mississippi seafood and commercial and recreational fishing sectors. Bulletin 1218, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University. Download

  • Posadas, B. C. 2014. Economic impacts of the Mississippi seafood industry in the year 2009 by Major Species. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Bulletin 1209, Mississippi State, Mississippi. Download

  • Posadas, B.C., A.K. Seymour. 2014. Socio-economic characteristics of Mississippi lifetime sportsmen. Bulletin 1211, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University. Download