The perception of aquaculture on the Swedish West Coast

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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.


  • Jean-Baptiste Thomas
  • Jonas Nordström
  • Emma Risén
  • Maria Malmström
  • Fredrik Gröndahl
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Sweco AB

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Fisk- och akvakulturforskning
  • Företagsekonomi


  • Aquaculture, Bioeconomy, Blue growth , Macroalgae, Social acceptability , Seaweed, Perception survey
Sidor (från-till)398–409
Antal sidor12
Utgåva nummer4
Tidigt onlinedatum2018 apr 1
StatusPublished - 2018 maj
Peer review utfördJa


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