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Our research about fish and fisheries

Fish and fisheries in a ecosystem perspective is a focus for our fish experts. At the Baltic Sea Centre a project that gathers leading fish researchers to develop a system for ecosystem based management and advice for assessing the Baltic Sea fish stock is underway. Another theme is linked to top-predators in coastal areas, and aims at understanding the connections between vegetation in shallow bays and predatory fish. The results are expected to provide guidelines for management leading to more coastal fish.

Research area goals:

Support the development towards more ecosystem-based fisheries management by developing and synthesizing knowledge about: 

  1. the ecology and dynamics of the exploited fish stocks and interactions with other parts of the ecosystem
  2. human impact other than professional fishing affecting the Baltic's fish stocks

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Our news about fish and fisheries

  • New ideas on how to better value protected areas 2021-06-15 In a new scientific article scientists present a conceptual idea on how to take ecosystem services into account when evaluating marine protected areas.
  • Bottom trawling threatens European marine ecosystems 2021-05-25 Recent research on bottom trawling effects points to the need for establishing larger trawl-free areas in all types of habitats to protect sensitive ecosystems and live up to principles of ecosystem-based management.
  • Fishing ban required to save the European eel 2020-11-12 If the endangered European eel population is to recover there is an urgent need for a fishing ban, increased environmental monitoring and fewer obstacles to migration. This is concluded by the researchers at Baltic Sea Centre in a new Policy Brief.
  • Jonas Hentati-Sundberg Guillemots of the Baltic: Linking the seabed and the sky 2020-09-23 On the island of Stora Karlsö up to 100 000 seabirds nest. In a new study a group of curious young researchers from three different universities show how guillemots fuel northern Europe's largest colony of house martins.
  • Storspigg (Gasterosteus aculeatus) Foto: Joakim Hansen/Azote A spatial regime shift 2020-08-27 The three-spined stickleback have gradually taken over large parts of the Baltic Sea’s coastal ecosystem, a new scientific study shows. This has caused a shift from predator to prey dominance.
  • Provtagning av vegetation i en grund vik. Foto: Joakim Hansen About the project Plant-Fish 2020-08-27 Plant-Fish is a large research project aiming to examine the functional role of vegetation and predatory fish and how they interact. Focus is on the ecosystems of shallow Baltic Sea bays.

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