Environmental information sharing: A means to support the legitimization of oyster farmers' stewardship over water quality management in NSW, Australia

Paget Nicolas, Daniell Katherine Anne, Rubio Zuazo Ana, Barreteau Olivier. 2016. Environmental information sharing: A means to support the legitimization of oyster farmers' stewardship over water quality management in NSW, Australia. Natural Resources Forum, 40 (1-2) : pp. 21-36.

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Abstract : Oyster farmers depend on good water quality. Activities upstream from estuaries result in externalities that impact water quality. Over the last 10 years, oyster farmers have been developing estuary‐wide environmental management systems (EMSs) to tackle internal (i.e. industry‐related) and external (i.e. catchment) issues in New South Wales, Australia. Drawing on interview‐based research and document analyses, this paper shows that the process of creating an EMS for the oyster industry, as well as the creation of the EMS itself, resulted in legitimizing the industry's stewardship over the natural resource it depends on (water). For the oyster industry, this result was due to a change in the scale on which EMSs have been developed: instead of viewing issues at the individual business level, the systems expanded their viewpoint to the entire catchment, and included every oyster business in the estuary, as well as all other activities in the upper catchment. By providing a means of communicating internal efforts and with the support of local government bodies, EMSs provided a mechanism with which influence over upstream actors and activities could be exerted. We demonstrate this by using the 'social‐ecological systems' and ' ENCORE' frameworks, emphasizing the transitions that allowed for this change of scale to take place.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : huître, Aquaculture, Gestion de l'environnement, Qualité de l'eau, Ferme d'élevage, Échange d'information, gestion des ressources naturelles, Écologie marine

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Australie

Mots-clés libres : Information sharing, Natural resources management, Social and ecological system, Oyster farming, Environmental management systems

Classification Agris : M12 - Aquaculture production
M40 - Aquatic ecology
C30 - Documentation and information

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Paget Nicolas, IRSTEA (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-8474-4642
  • Daniell Katherine Anne, ANU (AUS)
  • Rubio Zuazo Ana, Hornsby Shire Council (AUS)
  • Barreteau Olivier, IRSTEA (FRA)

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