Aquaculture and fisheries are significant industries that share the same resources and areas. As both industries will be fundamental for maintaining the Norwegian welfare society in the future promotion of a sustainable coexistence should be emphasized.
The current knowledge and evidence for how salmon farming affects the ecosystem is indirect, circumstantial or confounded by other ecosystem modifying factors. Wild fish populations are found to aggregate around fish farms but may also avoid areas with farming activity. This has several important implications for the use of resources and nurture area conflicts between the stakeholders.
The proposed project is aimed at evaluating and testing potential actions for solving conflicts between aquaculture and coastal fisheries, and hope to promote the development of a sustainable coexistence of two significant Norwegian marine industries.