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

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posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ruth Thurstan, S M Buckley, J M Pandolfi
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.

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Title of book

Perspectives on oceans past : a handbook of marine environmental history

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155 - 173

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Dordrecht, Switzerland

ISBN-13

9789401774963

Language

eng

Publication classification

B Book chapter; B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2016, Springer Science+Business Media

Editor/Contributor(s)

K Schwerdtner Manez, B Poulsen

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