Small-scale fisheries in the Baltic Sea is rapidly decreasing in both Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Growing populations of seals is put forward as an important factor by the fishing industry since seals interact with fisheries both indirectly by competing for the same species, and directly by eating from the fishermen’s’ nets. However, viable seal populations are also viewed as symbols for a healthy marine environment and are considered a success story for marine stewardship.
Both seals and fisheries are important for a thriving coastal environment, and thus an integrated management taking both into account is also important. The purpose of the project is to compare economic effects of different management strategies taking both seals and fisheries into account.
The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and is a collaboration with University of Copenhagen and University of Helsinki. The project deadline is autumn 2020.