Opening up containment: making space in Newfoundland salmonid aquaculture

Schoot, Ignace (2019) Opening up containment: making space in Newfoundland salmonid aquaculture. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Studies in geography and STS looking at containment-in-practice have shown that thinking about containment as a hermetic closing off of a definite space is not suitable for this world, which is characterized by leakages, overflows, excesses, movements, and borders being crossed, contested and drawn again. However, renderings of containment still play an important role in the practices that make and break our worlds. This thesis attempts to open up containment by thinking through how containment is done in two different cases in sea-based salmonid aquaculture on the south coast of the Canadian island of Newfoundland. Based on insights from poststructuralist geography, materialsemiotic STS, and animal geography, containment is approached as an ongoing spatial practice that needs to be constantly done and done again. This thesis respectively explores the provincial Code of Containment and the making of the rearing environment for farmed fish in and around the net-pen, and articulates containment as a (bio)political way of creating, holding together, and unmaking realities, including industrial salmonid aquaculture and the way animal lives and deaths are valuated.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 14325
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 140-163).
Keywords: containment, space-making, salmonid aquaculture, biopolitics, Newfoundland
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: November 2019
Date Type: Submission
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Library of Congress Subject Heading: Aquaculture--Government policy--Newfoundland and Labrador; Aquaculture--Political aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador; Aquaculture--Moral and ethical aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador.

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