Open Access Repository

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


Downloads per month over past year

Cullen-Knox, C, Fleming, A ORCID: 0000-0001-9895-1928, Lester, L ORCID: 0000-0003-1046-2412 and Ogier, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6157-5279 2019 , 'Publicised scrutiny and mediatised environmental conflict: The case of Tasmanian salmon aquaculture' , Marine Policy, vol. 100 , pp. 307-315 , doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.11.040.

130455 - Public...pdf | Download (500kB)

| Preview


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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cullen-Knox, C and Fleming, A and Lester, L and Ogier, E
Keywords: Aquaculture, social licence, science communication, Tasmania
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0308-597X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.11.040
Copyright Information:

Copyright 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Author accepted version is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Related URLs:
Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page