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Screenshot from the film Photo: Ruralis/James Hutton Institute.

Do we need people along the coast – and why should young people want to stay or come back?

Identity, connection, and practical knowledge are some keywords. Using the body, head, and hands in one’s own landscape, strenghten a sense of belonging, ownership and mastery – also in terms of self sustenance– has significance on many levels. But today few children and young people are included in local, primary business processes and value chains.

This clip, from one of several films made in the Bioshare project, illustrates these insights. It follows a school day where the children were able to participate in fishing, harvesting, and preparing a large meal together with fellow students, families, and grandparents. The local community volunteered to lend boats and share stories from the old days of fisheries and self sustenance  along the coast.

The film was made by Katrina M. Brown of the James Hutton Institute in Scotland, in collaboration with Katrina Rønningen of Ruralis and Kari Backhke Andresen from “Velkommen av havet” (Welcome by the Sea).

(The Bioshare project – Funding Future Welfare: Bioeconomy as the “New Oil” and the Sharing of Benefits from Natural Resources ؘ– is financed by the Norwegian Research Council, project no. 294867)

We’ll take up the discussion around fish stocks, quotas, and ground rent another time!

Watch the film here:

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