Publicerad artikel

The perception of aquaculture on the Swedish West Coast, Ambio 2018, 47:398–409.

Författare: Jean-Baptiste E. Thomas  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 benets of increasing awareness to reduce public aversion and to support a sustainable development of aquaculture on the Swedish West Coast.

För en kort version på svenska se AgriFood Policy Brief 2020:4

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Jean-Baptiste E. Thomas

Bild på medarbetare: Jonas Nordström. Foto.
Jonas Nordström

Emma Risén

Maria E. Malmström

Fredrik Gröndahl