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The perception of aquaculture on the Swedish West Coast

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Jean-Baptiste E. Thomas, Leif Jonas Nordström, Emma Risén, Maria E. Malmström, Fredrik Gröndahl

Efforts are on the way on the Swedish West Coast to develop the capacity for cultivation of marine resources, notably of kelps. Given that this is a region of
great natural and national heritage, public opposition to marine developments has been identified as a possible risk factor. This survey thus sought to shed light on awareness levels, perceptions of different types of aquaculture and on reactions to a scenario depicting future aquaculture developments on the West Coast. When asked about their general opinions of aquaculture, respondents tended to be favourable though a majority chose neutral responses. On the whole, respondents were favourable to the depicted scenario. Finally, it was found that the high-awareness group tended to be more supportive than the low or medium-awareness groups, hinting at the benefits of increasing awareness to reduce public aversion and to support a sustainable development of aquaculture on the Swedish West Coast.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAmbio
Volume47
Pages (from-to)398–409
Number of pages12
ISSN0044-7447
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

    Research areas

  • Aquaculture - Bioeconomy, Blue growth , Macroalgae, Perception survey, Social acceptability , Seaweeds

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