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

Condie, CM, Vince, J ORCID: 0000-0002-4469-7634 and Alexander, KA ORCID: 0000-0001-8801-413X 2022 , 'The long-term evolution of news media in defining socio-ecological conflict: a case study of expanding aquaculture' , Marine Policy, vol. 138 , pp. 1-10 , doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2022.104988.

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Abstract

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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Condie, CM and Vince, J and Alexander, KA
Keywords: aquaculture media, conflict, turning-point, fish, farm
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0308-597X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.marpol.2022.104988
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