Research Council of Norway allocates NOK 4.2 million to aquaculture research project30 January, 2013 – The Research Council of Norways programme for aquaculture has allocated NOK 4.2 million for a three-year project about the legitimacy of the aquaculture industry at local level and conditions that influence access to area in the coastal zone. One of the main purposes of the project is to map and analyse decision-making processes connected to the planning and allocation of areas for aquaculture. The aquaculture industry is an important industry with major development potential, but access to sufficient suitable area in the coastal zone is a critical requirement in order to realize the industrys value creation potential. The municipal councils sit with the key to the use of the areas in the coastal zone. Consequently, an important question is why some coastal municipalities want to prepare for aquaculture, while others do not. Studies of the interaction between aquaculture companies and the local community, between industry actors and municipal councils and the relationship between the authorities at various levels will be central topics of the project. The project partners are Nofima, Nordland Research Institute, the University of Nordland and the Bodø Innovation Centre, which is the project owner and manager of the industry cluster NCE Aquaculture.