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Balancing Market Access with Local Practice: Understanding harvester group motivations and experiences with Marine Stewardship Council certification

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dc.contributor.advisor Silver, Jennifer
dc.contributor.advisor Bradshaw, Benjamin
dc.contributor.author Goshulak, Larissa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-25T19:05:20Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-25T19:05:20Z
dc.date.copyright 2017-06
dc.date.created 2017-06-28
dc.date.issued 2017-07-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/11393
dc.description.abstract Many food retailers in North America and Europe have adopted and publicly promote corporate sustainable seafood commitments wherein they pledge to source their seafood from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Consequently, this has created a demand for the certification along the seafood supply chain, with much of the pressure to certify felt by harvester groups. This thesis draws from semi-structured interviews with harvester group representatives to describe how groups in three Atlantic Canada lobster fisheries navigate the complex certification landscape and to document influences that ultimately encouraged the pursuit of MSC certification. This paper argues that while market access for harvester groups is maintained by achieving certification, participation in MSC certification has resulted in various implications for these groups and tensions between externally-defined sustainability and locally-practiced sustainability are manifesting harvester dissatisfaction. This dissatisfaction may impact the perceived legitimacy and longevity of the MSC certification in Atlantic Canada. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Harshman Graduate Scholarship in Food Systems en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject seafood certification en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject Marine Stewardship Council en_US
dc.subject Atlantic lobster en_US
dc.subject harvester groups en_US
dc.title Balancing Market Access with Local Practice: Understanding harvester group motivations and experiences with Marine Stewardship Council certification en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Geography en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Geography en_US


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