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BONUS GOHERR – Integrated governance of Baltic herring & salmon

This multivoiced and interdisciplinary blog reflects our efforts to combine the health of the Baltic Sea with the health of humans, and the ecosystem dynamics with human values and behavior. We the bloggers are doctoral students representing marine biology, environmental policy and sociology. Our blogs bring you news from the GOHERR project and thoughts about related hot topics. The aim of GOHERR is to develop integrated governance framework for Baltic salmon and herring.

14.09.2016 14:30New dawn rising for Baltic salmon? Suvi Ignatius

In the post-industrial societies, producing ideas and services has become the main way to create jobs and economic growth instead of producing goods. The implications of this change for the environment are usually seen as positive. However, critics have pointed out that despite of the reduced pollution and resource use caused by fewer factories, also post-industrial societies continue to struggle with resource scarcity and environmental degradation, and in many cases consumption of natural resources is not at a sustainable level. Still, some species and parts of the environment can benefit from the ongoing change in the societal production structure. Baltic salmon, endangered due to damming and pollution of rivers during the 20th century, seems to be among those species.

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18.03.2016 10:014 useful tips for stakeholder engagement in environmental research projects Mia Pihlajamäki

Engaging stakeholders into environmental research projects has become a bit of a norm over the past decade or two. In its best, stakeholder involvement can improve the relevance, validity and impact of a research project. In its worst, it can turn out to be a waste of time and effort for both the stakeholders and the project. Durham et. al. (2014) have published a handbook for stakeholder engagement in environmental research project, which provides excellent points to consider when you are planning to involve stakeholders in your project.

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18.11.2015 10:25To eat or not to eat? Suvi Ignatius

Dioxins are environmental pollutants for which European Commission has set maximum levels in foodstuffs. Finland and Sweden, however, have been granted a derogation to sell in their territories Baltic Sea fish with levels of dioxins, which exceed the maximum. The requirement for the derogation is to keep consumers fully informed of the potential health risks related to eating these fish. Information about health risks is often given together with information about the positive health effects of fish eating.

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18.11.2015 10:06Fishy business in the Baltic Sea Mia Pihlajamäki

The sale of Baltic herring has been significantly restricted in the EU Member States since 2002. This is due to the detected concentration levels of dioxins, which often exceed the maximum set by the European Commission for food and feed. However, Finland and Sweden have been granted an exemption to sell Baltic herring in their territories or to each other regardless of the dioxin content, providing that the consumers are fully informed about the potential health risks. Despite of the sale restriction, all of the Baltic Sea countries catch Baltic herring annually and during the past few years the catches have been increasing. Finland has the biggest herring fishery in the Baltic Sea (40%) followed by Sweden (16%), Poland (10%) and Estonia (10%).

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20.08.2015 22:17Combining sustainable fisheries management and human well-being Suvi Ignatius

How to promote sustainable use of Baltic salmon and herring stocks while at same time taking into account the values of diverse stakeholder groups and public health in different Baltic Sea countries? This is the guiding question for the interdisciplinary research project GOHERR: Integrated governance of Baltic herring and salmon stocks involving stakeholders. 

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