The Power of Visual Storytelling: Life navigating lobster fishing in Drum Head and Seal Harbour, Nova Scotia

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2019-04-12

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There is an increasing focus on effective science communication. New technologies and modes of communication in recent years have expanded the available media through which science can be communicated, including the use of video. In order to learn more about the best practices, benefits, and drawbacks involved in using video for science communication, this project involved two components: 1) the creation of an original documentary film about the formal and informal rules that govern the livelihoods of lobster fishermen in Drum Head, Nova Scotia, Canada; and 2) a paper that examines the limitations and opportunities presented by using video for science communication, both through first-hand experience and a brief synthesis of existing literature. The documentary explores themes of gender, formal and informal rule-making, and conflict within the fishery. It relies primarily on interviews that were conducted with local fishermen, and footage from a day on one of the fishing vessels. The companion paper delves into issues raised by technical ability and choice of method for dissemination of a science communication video. Although some outlets require more expertise, the rise of platforms like YouTube have allowed even those with limited skill in video editing share their knowledge.

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Huffman, Lily (2019). The Power of Visual Storytelling: Life navigating lobster fishing in Drum Head and Seal Harbour, Nova Scotia. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18323.


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