The Social License of Scottish Aquaculture: Examining the Challenges to Community Acceptance of the Finfish Aquaculture Industry
This project sets out to examine the challenges of community acceptance of the finfish aquaculture industry in Scotland. The finfish aquaculture industry in Scotland is set to expand, with a goal of at least doubling production by 2030. However, community groups have raised concerns over this expansion.
This has resulted in a number of petitions that have halted or slowed the expansion of fish farms in Scotland. This project looks to examine the reason for these challenges by looking at the social license of the industry. A case study approach has been taken, with initial qualitative interviews undertaken, the results of which will inform the development of the next stage of research.
Dr Suzi Billing, SAMS
Dr Adam Hughes, SAMS
Professor Frank Rennie, UHI Lews Castle College
European Social Fund
Scottish Funding Council
University of the Highlands and Islands
Alderney, Channel Islands- Volunteer Researcher with the Wildlife Trust. Examining human use and perceptions of Alderney’s Ramsar site. Surveying residents and visitors to the island through interviews and questionnaires.
Northern Cyprus- Volunteer field assistant and team leader. Collecting data on the nesting behaviours and health of the loggerhead and green turtle populations through the nesting season. Also included public outreach activities, such as public hatchling releases and public nest excavations.
University of York press release: Lack of trust muddies the water in UK fishing industry
Professional training courses
NVivo Qualitative software-UHI
Stakeholder Dialogue: A good practise approach to participation-Dialogue Matters
July-September 2018 - Volunteer Researcher, Alderney Wildlife Trust
July-September 2016 - Volunteer Team Leader, Society for Protection of Turtles- Northern Cyprus
July-September 2016 - Volunteer Field Assistant, Society for Protection of Turtles- Northern Cyprus
2018 - MSc Marine Environmental Management, University of York
2017- BSc Human Science, University of Exeter
University of York research report : Building a bridge over troubled waters: an analysis of fishers’ trust in UK fisheries management