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Trawl hall during research cruise in the Barents Sea. (Photographer: Kjartan Mæstad / Institute of Marine Research)

Fisheries and aquaculture are perceived as the most sustainable industry in a new survey

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Thursday, September 24, 2020, 06:00 (GMT + 9)

When people are asked what is the most sustainable industry in Norway, 29 percent answer fishing and farming. There are almost twice as many who answer oil and gas, who come in second place. IT, industry and tourism follow in the next places.

The answer emerges in a study that Opinion has done on behalf of the Institute of Marine Research, the University of Bergen and Bergen Municipality in connection with the ocean conference The Ocean.

Photo: courtesy Havforskningsinstituttet

Trust in the maritime administration

When asked if they have confidence that various industries manage natural resources in a good / sustainable way, two out of three answer "yes" to fishing and hunting. Two out of ten answer "no", the rest do not know. To the same questions about farming , there are a little more who answer yes than no: at most 42 and 37 percent.

One in three say in the same survey that they believe problems in the aquaculture industry, such as salmon lice and escapes, will increase in the next five years. Just over two in ten believe that problems will decrease, while close to four in ten believe they will be about the same as today. 

Nearly six out of ten Norwegians say that they have great confidence in Norwegian management of marine resources. This is the highest that has been measured in the survey.

Photo: courtesy Havforskningsinstituttet

Faith sustainability is possible

"When one has compared protein production from different sources, the Norwegian aquaculture industry has emerged as the most sustainable protein producer in the world. This does not mean that there are no challenges, but there are also challenges related to food production on land", says Geir Lasse Taranger.

He is research director at the Institute of Marine Research and rented a parallel session under The Ocean with the theme of knowledge-based utilization of marine resources.

"There have been new reports that show how much pressure we have on land. Then it is exciting to see if it is possible to realize the views on more food production from the sea and at the same time maintain sustainability. We believe it is possible, by having good knowledge and the right technology", emphasizes Taranger. 

Gather forces for the sea

The Institute of Marine Research, the University of Bergen and Bergen Municipality are among the organizers behind The Ocean, which was arranged digitally from Bergen on Thursday 17 September. 

The aim of the conference is to bring together a knowledge and business environment that works for a sustainable blue sea economy.

The survey was conducted among a representative sample of 1,000 Norwegians. This is the fourth time the survey has been conducted since 2015.

Source: Havforskningsinstituttet (Institute Marine Research)

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