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Climate adaptation in the Australian edible oyster industry: A social-ecological approach


Leith, PB, Climate adaptation in the Australian edible oyster industry: A social-ecological approach, School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference Abstracts 2010, 28 June 2010, Sandy Bay (2010) [Conference Extract]


The Australian edible oyster industry is affected by changes in the biophysical conditions on land and at sea and is thus potentially vulnerable to diverse climate change impacts. Intervention to enable strategic, intentional adaptation is premised by an understanding of how the industry functions, in terms of the various ecological, physical, human, economic and social drivers of change. In this paper, I link a social-ecological systems approach with a participatory assessment of adaptive capacity, which uses a livelihoods framework to analyse the potential for adaptation in the Australian edible oyster sector. This analysis compares structural and functional characteristics of the edible oyster industry across the three key oyster producing states of Australia: New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia. The drivers of change and adaptation in the sector are outlined and analysed to define priorities for collective action to develop adaptive capacity.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:oyster industry, climate change, adaptation
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture oysters
UTAS Author:Leith, PB (Dr Peat Leith)
ID Code:65568
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-11-23
Last Modified:2010-11-23

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