Hybrid aquaculture research: the case of Dedza, Malawi

Anderson, Jessica (2009) Hybrid aquaculture research: the case of Dedza, Malawi. In: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada. pp. 51-53. From: 26th Annual Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, 10-13 May 2009, Nanaimo, BC, Canada.

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Recent research acknowledges the natural and social dimensions of aquaculture systems. However, studies often create an artificial divide by attempting to address each aspect in isolation. Social science research has tended to overlook the biophysical aspects of aquaculture, while scientific research has uncritically accepted orthodox explanations of environmental outcomes without recognizing the social construction of such systems. This research analyses the case of small-scale tilapia aquaculture in Malawi and presents evidence to support the central argument that aquaculture systems must be addressed through hybrid research. The social dimension of this research reveals that fish farmers in Malawi are rejecting practices which do not work in the local context (fertilization with pond mud) and adopting strategies that do work (irrigation with pond water). The physical component of this research compliments the social by elucidating that irrigation with pond water resulted in higher soil nutrient and moisture content. It is argued that understanding aquaculture impacts on ecosystems may only be achieved through locally-based hybrid research methods that recognize the complex, connected nature of these systems.

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AAC Special Publication No. 15

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