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The perception of aquaculture on the Swedish West Coast

Authors
  • Thomas, Jean-Baptiste E.1
  • Nordström, Jonas2, 3
  • Risén, Emma4
  • Malmström, Maria E.1
  • Gröndahl, Fredrik1
  • 1 KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Industrial Ecology, Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED), Teknikringen 34, Stockholm, 10044, Sweden , Stockholm (Sweden)
  • 2 University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Rolighedsvej 25, Frederiksberg C, 1958, Denmark , Frederiksberg C (Denmark)
  • 3 Lund University, Agrifood Economics Centre, Lund, Sweden , Lund (Sweden)
  • 4 Sweco Environment AB, Gjörwellsgatan 22, Stockholm, 112 60, Sweden , Stockholm (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ambio
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Sep 22, 2017
Volume
47
Issue
4
Pages
398–409
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-017-0945-3
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

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.

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