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FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | When global certification schemes meet local resistance: the case of Tassal and Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification



Start Date

15 Sep 2017 1:00 pm

End Date

15 Sep 2017 2:00 pm


Room 333, Physics Building, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

presented by

Hannah Murphy-Gregory, University of Tasmania

The production of farmed salmon in Tasmania is now a flagship industry. Two of the three major firms have received full Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification, a joint scheme of the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to develop, manage and certify global standards for sustainable aquaculture. Yet there is growing community concern about the environmental impacts of the growing industry.

The largest firm, Tassal, has provoked controversy and opposition from local environmental groups, recreational fishers, tourism operators and residents by attempting to expand its operations to Tasmania’s east coast.
This seminar critically examines the role of ASC certification in this local environmental conflict, specifically why it has failed to allay concerns about Tassal’s environmental practices. The seminar will explore the limits and possibilities of NGO-administered certification schemes.

Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory is a lecturer in the Politics and International Relations program of the School of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on NGO activism both within Australia and in the context of international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation and World Bank. Her teaching examines contemporary governance at local to global levels of policymaking.


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