"This is first time I have felt hopeful in years."
"Great session. We have to get past fighting into figuring it out. A good start was made."
Participants in the session
The aquaculture industry is being regulated, the media attention is high and the conflict between rural livelihood and the protection of the environment is a very public debate. The adversarial culture of conversation and engagement has undermined the public and political confidence in the sector. There are many competing and compelling issues at play as well as contrary evidence and science from all sides.
The Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) is seeking to create a code of best practice to compliment and enhance regulation. The codes are an opportunity for all the conflicting perspectives on aquaculture to work together and shift the adversarial culture of conversation.
Tim conducted a series of interviews with individuals holding fundamentally different perspectives on the aquaculture industry. This informed the design of an successful afternoon event bringing together all the conflicting groups to explore the development of codes for the industry. This has lead to further series of engagements lead up to and following the announcement of recommendations for regulation. The codes that were direct output of the engage have now been integrated into the constitution on AANS and stakeholders are being engaged in their implementation.