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Oral histories: informing natural resource management using perceptions of the past

Thurstan, Ruth H., Buckley, Sarah M. and Pandolfi, John M. 2016, Oral histories: informing natural resource management using perceptions of the pastPerspectives on oceans past : a handbook of marine environmental history, Springer, Dordrecht, Switzerland, pp.155-173, doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-7496-3_9.

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Title Oral histories: informing natural resource management using perceptions of the past
Author(s) Thurstan, Ruth H.ORCID iD for Thurstan, Ruth H.
Buckley, Sarah M.
Pandolfi, John M.
Title of book Perspectives on oceans past : a handbook of marine environmental history
Publication date 2016
Start page 155
End page 173
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Switzerland
Summary In a rapidly changing world, oral history - a recorded dialogue between an interviewer and interviewee - is becoming an increasingly valued method by which to describe past marine environments and to enhance our knowledge of ecological changes. Using case studies from the 1860s to the present day we demonstrate the important role that oral history plays in providing novel information for science and natural resource management: from testimonies of changes in fish size and abundance to descriptions of local environmental change. Whilst the interpretation and application of such research presents many challenges for resource management, the narratives that stem from oral history can often hold much greater meaning to the public or local stakeholders than scientific observations alone. Thus, oral history not only has an important role to play in filling knowledge gaps but also may help to generate greater acceptance of the magnitude of change being observed in marine environments.
ISBN 9789401774963
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-7496-3_9
Field of Research 050205 Environmental Management
060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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