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Is the salmon farming industry externalizing its social and ecological impacts?: an assessment using the Global Aquaculture Performance Index.

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dc.contributor.author Gee, Jennifer L. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-29T20:06:54Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-29T20:06:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-04-29T20:06:54Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2675
dc.description.abstract Neoliberal economists argue that the market provides the most efficient mechanism to address externalities. Theoretically then, the market value of a commodity should show a correlation with any changes in social and ecological performance. Alternatively, if the social and ecological costs of production are being externalized (not addressed by the market) then it is expected that the social and ecological costs of production would not be reflected in the market price. This study examined the extent to which social and environmental costs are externalized by the salmon farming industry and, by extension, to what level social and ecological impacts are reflected in the market, if at all. The salmon farming industry represents a classic example of how a relatively new industry functions within the confines of the current economic climate and was assessed to examine whether social and ecological impacts are reflected in the market. A novel tool called the Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI) has been developed that addresses both the need for a quantitative measure of social and ecological performance and a tool that informs where policy is best directed to alleviate the impact of externalities. In applying the GAPI method, the market price for farmed salmon was not found to be correlated with changes in social and ecological performance and it may be assumed that these costs are externalized. GAPI provides a quantitative, performance based assessment of the salmon farming industry while the indicators of social and ecological performance provide clear starting points to improve salmon farming through a policy based context. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Global en
dc.subject Aquaculture en
dc.subject Performance en
dc.subject Index en
dc.subject Ecological Impacts en
dc.subject Social Impacts en
dc.subject Cost of Production en
dc.subject salmon farming en
dc.subject policy en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Agriculture::Aquaculture en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Biology::Ecology en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Sociology::Public welfare en
dc.title Is the salmon farming industry externalizing its social and ecological impacts?: an assessment using the Global Aquaculture Performance Index. en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Volpe, John
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Studies en
dc.degree.level Master of Science M.Sc. en


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