Social and Economic Evaluation of NSW Coastal Aquaculture
How do communities benefit from productive sustainable oyster and prawn farms and from some of the new and emerging aquaculture ventures appearing in NSW?
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The aquaculture industry contributes to the vitality and viability of rural and regional areas in coastal NSW. This research addresses two key information gaps about the role of aquaculture in coastal communities.
- The aquaculture industry in NSW feels that their role has not been accurately valued, and this has made them vulnerable in resource allocation decisions.
- Although NSW Government agencies are under legislative obligations to adhere to the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development, policy prioritises biodiversity conservation and economic sustainability and lacks the processes and tools to include social aspects, such as community wellbeing.
These gaps in valuation are of concern not just in NSW, but also around Australia.
In 2015–2016 a collaboration of social scientists and economists from the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Wollongong, ENVision Environmental Consulting and Western Research Institute has addressed these information gaps. Understanding the role of aquaculture in the social and economic lives of NSW coastal communities is vital for ‘getting it right’ in resource management and allocation. How do communities benefit from productive sustainable oyster and prawn farms and from some of the new and emerging aquaculture ventures appearing in NSW?
Using social and economic questionnaires of NSW aquaculturists, the general public, government organisations and businesses related to the industry, coupled with in-depth interviews of 34 people connected to the industry, we uncovered the significant roles that aquaculture plays in helping to sustain the vitality and viability of NSW coastal areas.
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