Promoting resilience in regional Australian industries: a case study of the North Queensland commercial fishing industry

Boynton, Rebekah, Swinbourne, Anne, McShane, Connar, and Sheaves, Marcus (2016) Promoting resilience in regional Australian industries: a case study of the North Queensland commercial fishing industry. In: [Presented at the Australian Regional Development Conference 2016]. From: Australian Regional Development Conference 2016, 5-6 September 2016, Canberra, ACT, 2016.

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Abstract

Background: Promoting the sustainability of key existing industries is crucial to the continued development of regional Australia. In doing so, it is important to consider the role of industry workers responsible for engaging with and adhering to sustainability guidelines and practices within these key industries. This is particularly important for industries such as commercial fishing due to the ongoing challenges they face. For example, challenges such as increasing operating costs, complex regulatory systems and the impacts of extreme weather, contribute to downsizing of the industry. Method: The findings from the case study discussed have been drawn from an ongoing PhD project investigating the role of commercial fishers in the sustainability of the North Queensland commercial fishing industry. Results: Interviews with commercial fishers highlight the perceived lack of genuine involvement of commercial fishers in the development and implementation of industry regulations. From these interviews it was identified that commercial fishers did not feel included in the process of regulation development and implementation or that if they were involved, their input was not genuinely incorporated. Perceived lack of consultation has implications for how regulations are received, adhered to and endorsed by stakeholders. Discussion: Based upon the findings of this case study, it is suggested that stakeholders be genuinely involved in the development and implementation of regulations. Genuine consultation processes may enhance the sustainability of key industries such as commercial fishing. For example, it is expected that those who engage in the development and implementation process are more likely to adhere to and engage in sustainability measures and practices leading to improved resilience of the industry.

Item ID: 45961
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Keywords: commercial fishing; adaptation; management; resilience; consultation
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 03:54
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830299 Fisheries- Wild Caught not elsewhere classified @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
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