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The long-term evolution of news media in defining socio-ecological conflict: a case study of expanding aquaculture


Condie, CM and Vince, J and Alexander, KA, The long-term evolution of news media in defining socio-ecological conflict: a case study of expanding aquaculture, Marine Policy, 138 Article 104988. ISSN 0308-597X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2022.104988


Community conflict is increasingly associated with commercial uses of the marine environment. This research investigates the evolution of newspaper coverage of finfish aquaculture over a 25-year period and how it has reflected growing levels of community conflict common to much of the world’s salmon aquaculture production. A detailed case study suggests that by actively constraining debate to positive associations throughout the introduction and early growth stage of the industry lifecycle, companies and regulating agencies may have inadvertently: (i) eroded public trust by contributing to reader ambiguity and uncertainty relating to industry’s environmental credentials and publicised partnerships with transnational environmental groups; (ii) failed to promote an open dialogue and a more informed community regarding the real benefits and risks of production; and (iii) created a situation in which negative influences on public opinion post-turning point were magnified.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aquaculture media, conflict, turning-point, fish, farm
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Environmental communication
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Condie, CM (Mrs Corrine Condie)
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
UTAS Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
ID Code:148883
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-02-17
Last Modified:2022-03-10

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