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Publicised scrutiny and mediatised environmental conflict: the case of Tasmanian salmon aquaculture


Cullen-Knox, C and Fleming, A and Lester, L and Ogier, E, Publicised scrutiny and mediatised environmental conflict: the case of Tasmanian salmon aquaculture, Marine Policy, 100 pp. 307-315. ISSN 0308-597X (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.11.040


This paper analyses mediatised environmental conflict over the Tasmanian salmon aquaculture industry's performance. It compares the Senate Inquiry into the "Regulation of the fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania", the influential Four Corners investigative journalism television program ‘Big Fish’ and news media coverage following each of these mediatised public investigations. The concept of "mediatised environmental conflict" is applied to reveal how these different modes of investigation influence public debate. Both the Senate Inquiry and the Four Corners program allowed previously invisible actors and networks to be made visible, while rendering others largely silent, particularly scientists despite strong references to science within the debate. Also, the traditional role of ENGOs in holding industries and Governments to account has shifted in this case to an industry player. Considerable differences in the discourses was observed, raising further questions concerning accountability and transparency in public-policy decision-making in relation to management of marine resources.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aquaculture, social licence, science communication, Tasmania
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cullen-Knox, C (Dr Coco Cullen-Knox)
UTAS Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
UTAS Author:Lester, L (Professor Libby Lester)
UTAS Author:Ogier, E (Dr Emily Ogier)
ID Code:130455
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150103454)
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-01-25
Last Modified:2021-03-04
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