Social licence research represented at Aquaculture America 2020 meeting in Honolulu, Hawai’i
Lucia Fanning represented the Sustainable Licence & Planning in Coastal Communities (Module M) large research project funded by the Ocean Frontier Institute at the Aquaculture America 2020 meeting in Honolulu, Hawai’i, February 10-13, 2020.
Module M was well represented as both Charlie Mather and Lucia Fanning (co-chairs of Module M) assisted with the organizing of a six-hour session on Tuesday Feb 11 entitled “Public Perception and Social License for Marine Aquaculture: Bridging Theory and Practice”.
Lucia Fanning led off the symposium session on the state of science with a presentation of research undertaken with colleagues in the ICES Working Group on the Social and Economic Dimensions of aquaculture that focused on the social dimensions of aquaculture across multiple geographic levels (see the full presentation here). Charlie Mather’s presentation ended the session on science with a presentation entitled “The geographies of social licence” (see full presentation here).
The symposium terminated with a panel discussion on key messages and lessons learned regarding the bridging of theory with practice to gain a better understanding of the factors influencing social licence and public perceptions in aquaculture production.