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Stewardship and Risk: An Empirically Grounded Theory of Organic Fish Farming in Scotland


  • Georgakopoulos, Georgios
  • Ciancanelli, Penelope
  • Coulson, Andrea
  • Kaldis, Panayiotis


It has long been assumed ownership gives farmers incentives to act as stewards for 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 theorization of fish farmers’ perspectives on these issues. Data were gathered via field research with Scottish salmon farmers who had switched from conventional to organic fish farmers’ risk management strategies offer little support for the view that property rights automatically create incentives for stewardship of the marine environment.

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  • Georgakopoulos, Georgios & Ciancanelli, Penelope & Coulson, Andrea & Kaldis, Panayiotis, 2008. "Stewardship and Risk: An Empirically Grounded Theory of Organic Fish Farming in Scotland," Agricultural Economics Review, Greek Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 9(2), June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aergaa:101053

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    1. Russo, Carlo & Weatherspoon, Dave D. & Peterson, H. Christopher & Sabbatini, Massimo, 2000. "Effects Of Managers' Power On Capital Structure: A Study Of Italian Agricultural Cooperatives," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 3(01).
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    1. van Winsen, Frankwin & de Mey, Yann & Lauwers, Ludwig & Van Passel, Steven & Vancauteren, Mark & Wauters, Erwin, 2013. "Cognitive mapping: A method to elucidate and present farmers’ risk perception," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 122(C), pages 42-52.


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