It’s clear we need to formulate radically new and sustainable ways of fishing and farming the oceans. Depleted natural resources, hungry people and geo-social disparities in access to good and sustainable food sources increasingly contribute to political problems around the world. Unstable weather patterns now routinely cause agricultural devastation.
Australia is, of course, the largest island in the world, and controls 14.7 million square kilometres of marine resources. Yet our understanding of the cultures of fishing is rudimentary.
The Sustainable Fish Lab brings together different models of sustainability. How can we reconcile scientific models of eco-sustainability with the cultures of local fishing communities and the budget-defined regimes of commodified ‘taste’ and ‘choice’?
This project undertakes an ambitious, multi-level analysis designed to bring together for the first time radically competing and often antithetical models and practices of ‘fish’ as they move from sea to table, laboratory to policy, farm to food.
Chief Investigator: Prof. Elspeth Probyn