Values and risk: the politics of knowledge in the living marine oceanscapes
Allain Barnett (University of New Brunswick)
Melanie Wiber (University of New Brunswick)
Melanie G Wiber
Living landscapes: Anthropocene/Paysages vivants: Anthropocène
DMS 1110
Start time:
2 May, 2017 at 13:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Marine environments are composed of multiple human-environment interactions. We examine case studies from Atlantic Canada to discuss how various actors struggle to influence knowledge of risks to the marine environment, and authority over managing marine resources

Long abstract:

Ocean environments are often composed of multiple human-environment interactions, and conflicts over resource use. In the Atlantic Canada, representatives from commercial fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, and the oil industry often compete over how the oceans should be governed. These struggles have important consequences for our ability to understand the risks of anthropogenic activity to the marine environment. In this panel, we will discuss how risk is managed and understand by examining various cases in Atlantic Canada. Topics will include: 1. The Marine Advisory Committee as an integrated management system to deal with risk 2. The joint production of knowledge through scientist-fishermen collaborations 3. The performative politics of mapping marine debris in Southwest New Brunswick 4. Tidal power development and stakeholder participation in tidal-power projects 5. The struggle for alternatives to neoliberal property arrangements in commercial fisheries 6. The impacts of government(s) on marine risk research Through these presentations, we will demonstrate the ocean environment as a space to study the relationships among authority, knowledge, and subjectivities.