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dc.contributor.authorCarter, Kathryn Sarahen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-18T14:05:12Z
dc.date.available2009-07-30T09:51:37Z
dc.date.issued2009en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationCarter, K. S. (2009). Pest or pastime? Coarse fish in Aotearoa/New Zealand (Thesis, Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/2790en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/2790
dc.description.abstractFreshwater ecosystems are extremely important, both socially and ecologically, in Aotearoa/New Zealand. However, through detrimental practices of land-use change and the introduction of non-indigenous aquatic species, the health of freshwater areas is increasingly under threat. Coarse fish are one group of non indigenous fish that are largely perceived to have a negative effect on freshwater biodiversity and water quality. Despite this, there are people in New Zealand that value coarse fish highly, and consider their lives to be enriched through the practice of coarse angling. This thesis examines the diversity of perceptions and values ascribed to coarse fish by a variety of different environmental managers and resource users to understand how these multiple meanings influence approaches to freshwater biodiversity management in Aotearoa/New Zealand. As coarse anglers are often considered responsible for deliberate translocation of coarse fish, a space for communication and compromise between these stakeholder groups is also identified. Additionally, appropriate and effective educational methods to raise awareness of freshwater ecosystem restoration and non-indigenous invasive fish are discussed. Social factors are often the primary determinants of whether conservation efforts succeed or fail. Grounded in the theoretical perspectives of social construction, environmental perception, political ecology, and critical environmental adult education, this thesis provides an important contribution to the practice of interdisciplinary research by demonstrating the ways in which social science complements scientific approaches to environmental management. Utilising semi structured interviews with multiple stakeholder groups and an internet survey targeted at coarse anglers this research found that, while a multitude of perceptions of coarse fish exist, there is also willingness on both sides to engage in communication and develop effective practices to aid in managing the freshwater environment. A number of suggestions for improving legislation that addresses invasive freshwater fish, and several ideas regarding education and compliance, also emerged.en_NZ
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dc.publisherThe University of Waikatoen_NZ
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dc.subjectfreshwateren_NZ
dc.subjectnon-indigenous fishen_NZ
dc.subjectpest fishen_NZ
dc.subjectbiodiversity conservationen_NZ
dc.subjectecological restorationen_NZ
dc.subjectsocial constructionen_NZ
dc.subjectenvironmental perceptionen_NZ
dc.subjectenvironmental managementen_NZ
dc.subjectenvironmental educationen_NZ
dc.subjectattitudesen_NZ
dc.subjectvaluesen_NZ
dc.subjectsocial justiceen_NZ
dc.titlePest or pastime? Coarse fish in Aotearoa/New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography, Tourism and Environmental Planningen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Waikatoen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Social Sciences (MSocSc)en_NZ
uow.date.accession2009-02-18T14:05:12Zen_NZ
uow.date.available2009-07-30T09:51:37Zen_NZ
uow.identifier.adthttp://adt.waikato.ac.nz/public/adt-uow20090218.140512en_NZ
pubs.place-of-publicationHamilton, New Zealanden_NZ


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