Picture of a sphere with binary code

Making Strathclyde research discoverable to the world...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. It exposes Strathclyde's world leading Open Access research to many of the world's leading resource discovery tools, and from there onto the screens of researchers around the world.

Explore Strathclyde Open Access research content

Stewardship and risk : an empirically grounded theory of organic fish farming in Scotland

Georgakopoulos, G. and Ciancanelli, P. and Coulson, A.B. and Kaldis, Panayiotis E. (2008) Stewardship and risk : an empirically grounded theory of organic fish farming in Scotland. Agricultural Economics Review, 9 (2). pp. 16-30. ISSN 1109-2580

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

It has long been assumed ownership gives farmers incentives to act as stewards of the land. On this basis, quasi-property rights are granted to fish farmers to encourage them to manage risks to the aquatic environment. This paper offers an empirically grounded theorisation of fish farmers' perspectives on these issues. Data were gathered via field research with Scottish salmon farmers who had switched from conventional to organic modes of production. Our findings suggest organic fish farmers' risk management strategies offer little support for the view that property rights automatically create incentives for stewardship of the marine environment.