A new research paper about the public perception of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture was published in Environmental Science and Policy Journal. The paper titled Navigating uncertain waters: European public perceptions of integrated multi trophic aquaculture (IMTA) was written by IDREEM partners Karen Alexander, Shirra Freeman and Tavis Potts, and provides a European perspective of the general public perception of aquaculture and IMTA in particular.
The public from five different countries (Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway and the UK) were questioned on their perceptions about traditional aquaculture and awareness of IMTA. Both positive and negative perceptions of aquaculture are held by the European general public, which are influenced by a variety of geographic and demographic traits. The study also identified a lack of awareness of IMTA along with positive perceptions of the concept of integrated aquaculture, although the latter results should be treated with some caution. Based on the results, we conclude that there is clear scope to advance public awareness of the role of IMTA and this will be necessary to gain mainstream acceptance of this aquaculture practice.
Find the full paper here.