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Hybrid governance in aquaculture: certification schemes and third party accreditation

Vince, J ORCID: 0000-0002-4469-7634 and Haward, M ORCID: 0000-0003-4775-0864 2019 , 'Hybrid governance in aquaculture: certification schemes and third party accreditation' , Aquaculture, vol. 507, no. 20 May , pp. 322-328 , doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.04.041.

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Certification and third party accreditation schemes are examples of private-social partnerships that make up a form of hybrid governance. We argue that hybrid governance is changing the way traditional governance is being utilised. In this paper we examine the rise of third party certification and the challenges these governance arrangements bring to traditional governance. We examine this through analysis of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the application of the ASC standard in salmonid aquaculture in Tasmania, Australia. This example emphasises that market and consumer engagement is challenging government policies and posing key questions over the role of traditional state practice in the evaluation of sustainable aquaculture. A key factor, however, underpinning such engagement is trust. Thus ASC certification is likely to be a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition supporting the granting of social licence to operate.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Vince, J and Haward, M
Keywords: hybrid governance, aquaculture, Tasmania, salmon
Journal or Publication Title: Aquaculture
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
ISSN: 0044-8486
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.04.041
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Copyright 2019 Elsevier B.V.

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