Setting the record straight: assessing the reliability of retrospective accounts of change

Thurstan, Ruth H., Buckley, Sarah M., Ortiz, Juan C. and Pandolfi, John M. 2015, Setting the record straight: assessing the reliability of retrospective accounts of change, Conservation letters, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 98-105, doi: 10.1111/conl.12184.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Setting the record straight: assessing the reliability of retrospective accounts of change
Author(s) Thurstan, Ruth H.ORCID iD for Thurstan, Ruth H.
Buckley, Sarah M.
Ortiz, Juan C.
Pandolfi, John M.
Journal name Conservation letters
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 98
End page 105
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-06-09
ISSN 1755-263X
Keyword(s) Australian fisheries;
historical ecology
local ecological knowledge;
marine conservation
shifting baselines.
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Biodiversity Conservation
Biodiversity & Conservation
Australian fisheries
local ecological knowledge
shifting baselines
Summary Conservation Letters published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Ecological degradation is accelerating, reducing our ability to detect and reverse declines. Resource user accounts have the potential to provide critical information on past change but their reliability can rarely be tested, hence they are often perceived as less valid than other forms of scientific data. We compared individual fishers' catch records, recorded 1-50 years ago, with their memories of past good, typical and poor catches for the corresponding time period. Good and poor catches were recalled with reasonable accuracy, matching variability in recorded catch with no significant change observed over time. Typical recalled catches were overestimated and became significantly more exaggerated over time, but were more comparable to mean than median recorded values. While accuracy of resource users' memory varied with the type of information recalled, our results suggest that carefully structured interview questions can produce reliable quantitative data to inform resource management, even after several decades have elapsed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/conl.12184
Field of Research 050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Persistent URL

Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 15 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 16 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 144 Abstract Views, 1 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 18 Jul 2016, 11:41:51 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact