Young peo­ple most up­beat about aqua­cul­ture

Fish Farmer - - European News -

YOUNG peo­ple in Nor­way are con­sid­er­ably more pos­i­tive about fish farm­ing than the older pop­u­la­tion, a sur­vey car­ried out re­cently by na­tional broad­caster NRK has shown.

The sur­vey was con­ducted in the Troms and Fin­n­mark re­gions which are both heav­ily in­volved in aqua­cul­ture.

Just over 67 per cent of those ques­tioned in the 18 to 44 age group said they thought salmon farm­ing was good for the coun­try, and more than half of those were in the younger 18 to 29 bracket. This com­pares with just over 31 per cent in the 65 and over group.

The find­ings were in con­trast to a sim­i­lar poll car­ried out in Fin­n­mark two years ago, when less than half of young peo­ple were in favour of fish farms.

When asked if more fish farms should be opened, 46 per cent in the 18 to 44 group said yes, while the fig­ure for those aged over 65 was only 21 per cent.

Some 70 per cent of the older group ques­tioned said the num­ber of fish farms should be re­duced, while the fig­ure among young and early mid­dle aged peo­ple was 56 per cent.

Lerøy farm­ing ex­ec­u­tive Stig Nilsen said the fig­ures con­firmed the com­pany’s own ex­pe­ri­ences.

‘We are see­ing a very large in­crease in the num­ber of young peo­ple seek­ing to study for ca­reers in aqua­cul­ture.

‘Many are con­tact­ing my own com­pany look­ing for ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties. We are see­ing a very large in­crease in the search rate for all stud­ies in aqua­cul­ture.’

Above: Fish farm­ing finds favour with the young

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