Media Representations and Shellfish Farmer Perceptions of Ocean Acidification in the British Columbia Shellfish Aquaculture Sector

dc.contributor.advisorSilver, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorDrope, Natalie
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-11T15:38:30Z
dc.date.available2019-09-11T15:38:30Z
dc.date.copyright2019-09
dc.date.created2019-08-20
dc.date.issued2019-09-11
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Geography, Environment and Geomaticsen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmeGeographyen_US
dc.description.abstractShellfish aquaculture is an important cultural and economic activity in British Columbia facing threats from increased ocean acidification (OA). Media representations can influence the ways in which the public and politicians understand OA and shape the scope of adaptive policy and supports to address the issue. Conversely, shellfish farmers have first-hand knowledge and experience with ocean change and policy to address OA should reflect this. This research explores media representations and shellfish farmer perceptions of OA in the BC shellfish aquaculture sector. I conducted a thematic analysis of 29 media articles and a survey of 37 shellfish farmers. Results from the thematic analysis indicate that media representations present a narrow perspective of the issue. Results from the survey indicate that shellfish farmers do see OA as a threat, but it is one of many. Findings suggest that media representations introduced challenges and opportunities for shellfish farmers and the shellfish aquaculture industry.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/17428
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectBritish Columbiaen_US
dc.subjectOcean Acidificationen_US
dc.subjectShellfish aquacultureen_US
dc.subjectMedia studiesen_US
dc.subjectStakeholder perceptionsen_US
dc.titleMedia Representations and Shellfish Farmer Perceptions of Ocean Acidification in the British Columbia Shellfish Aquaculture Sectoren_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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