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Title: MAKING FISH: EMPIRE, EXPERIMENTS, AND THE FISHERIES DEPARTMENT OF BRITISH MALAYA, 1923-1942
Authors: CHOO RUIZHI
Keywords: fisheries, colonial fisheries, colonial science, British Malaya, British Empire, environmental history
Issue Date: 20-Aug-2019
Citation: CHOO RUIZHI (2019-08-20). MAKING FISH: EMPIRE, EXPERIMENTS, AND THE FISHERIES DEPARTMENT OF BRITISH MALAYA, 1923-1942. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The formation of the Fisheries Department of the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States in 1923 heralded a new era for colonial understandings of Malayan waters. Previously, knowledge of local fisheries had languished under a shifting patchwork of different administrations. After 1923, however, compelled by spiralling fish prices inspired by new leadership, the newly-created department undertook numerous experiments to increase fish supplies and reduce perceived waste in Malayan markets. By studying how the department harnessed global and local networks of ichthyological knowledge to improve local practices of finding, preserving and growing fish, this thesis interrogates the complexion of colonial science and knowledge production in British Malaya. Utilising networked conceptions of empire, I argue that new understandings of Malayan fisheries developed by this institution across its twenty-year tenure involved hybrid, collaborative and contingent processes that were considerably dependent on its encounters and exchanges with a global cast of institutions and individuals.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/162430
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