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Technology & Engineering Fisheries & Aquaculture

The Aquaculture Controversy in Canada

Activism, Policy, and Contested Science

by (author) Nathan Young & Ralph Matthews

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2011
Fisheries & Aquaculture, Media Studies, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy
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The farming of aquatic organisms is one of the most promising but controversial new industries in Canada. The industry has the potential to solve food supply problems, but critics believe it poses unacceptable threats to human health, local communities, and the environment. This book is not about the methods and techniques of aquaculture, but it is an exploration of the controversy itself. The authors present the controversy as a multi-layered conflict about knowledge, rights, and development. Comprehensive and balanced, this book addresses one of the most contentious public policy and environmental issues facing the world today.

About the authors

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David Ralph Matthews is Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, McMaster University.

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  • Winner, K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing

Editorial Reviews

Young’s and Matthews’ Aquaculture Controversy in Canada deserves special attention for at least two reasons: Firstly, because it is a book vigorously written to unfold the many layers of the aquaculture debate with Canada as a major player as well as — one is tempted to overstate — a “victim” of the global industry. Secondly, the book is an excellent example of good sociology

Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers canadiens de sociologie, 36(1) 2011

This book offers intriguing insights into the debates about aquaculture and the reasons why the various parties, whether for or against, are so entrenched in their views. It should be of interest to current stakeholders in the industry as well as fisheries scientists and scholars.

International Journal of Maritime History, Vol XXIV No 1

The Aquaculture Controversy is a valuable contribution to a critical Canadian policy debate—one that is bound to inform future studies on the unfolding blue revolution and its ongoing Canadian impacts.

Literary Review of Canada

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