Elspeth Probyn is professor of gender and cultural studies at the University of Sydney and convener of MER (Mariculture Environmental Research) at the Sydney Environmental Institute. She is the author of several groundbreaking monographs, as well as over a hundred articles and chapters, and has long worked in the cultural study of food. Her current research (funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project) focuses on the sustainable production and consumption of fish within the transglobal food system and will be published by Duke University Press as Oceanic: Sustainability, Humans, Fish, and Sea.
This article reframes fisheries sustainability as a matter of production and consumption. It argues that only a more-than-human approach that takes seriously the entanglement of all oceanic entities—fish, fishers, water—can tackle the sustainability of fish. In order to bring this to fruition, an affective oceanic habitus needs to be mobilized. Drawing on cultural references to the entanglement of humans and oceans, this article attempts to model what such affective habitus might entail.