Kissing fish: Rex Hunt, popular culture, sustainability and fishing practices

Frawley, Jodi (2015) Kissing fish: Rex Hunt, popular culture, sustainability and fishing practices. Journal of Australian Studies, 39(3), pp. 307-325.

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Natural resource managers and scientists focus on the behaviour of individual recreational fishers to understand environmental problems associated with this leisure activity. They do this in an effort to identify ways to change attitudes in order to facilitate environmentally friendly choices. This applied use of ABC psychology (attitude, behaviour, choice) has not delivered the expected results. This article offers a different approach by investigating an emergent practice in diverse fishing communities, rather than looking to the responsibility of the individual recreational fisher. Using practice theory, I trace the change from take-all to catch-and-release fishing in Australia by analysing the texts of celebrity fisher Rex Hunt, who is an advocate for releasing fish. I combine this with oral history testimony from a sample of recreational fishers from the broader Australian community to show how change happened. The practice of catch-and-release fishing emerged through the combination of sociotechnical and historically specific elements present in popular culture, including the media. Paying attention to the way different elements catalyse provides a rich account of the changing modes of sustainability in recreational fishing communities.

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ID Code: 89206
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sustainability, recreational fishing, catch-and-release, practice theory, Rex Hunt
DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2015.1052834
ISSN: 1835-6419
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Australian Studies, 29 September 2015,
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2015 01:45
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 23:11

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