International workshop on Baltic herring and dioxin in February

The dioxin problem of Baltic herring will be explored in a workshop on the 16th and 17th of February 2016 in Copenhagen. Approximately 15 stakeholders representing the fishing industry, environmental non-governmental organizations, consumers, administration, herring fisheries and dioxin experts, and other relevant interest groups from Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Denmark have been personally invited to participate.

The purpose of the workshop is first to discuss implications of dioxins to the herring fishing industry, the consumption of herring, and public health, and to elaborate future prospects for the herring fishing sector.

Second, alternative objectives, or desirable future states, for the herring fishing sector are defined, and actions to reach them are determined. Special interest is paid to potential changes in the uses of herring that might come up if dioxins in the fish are reduced.

The detailed agenda of the workshop can be found here

Project presented in two European events

On 1-2 December 2015, Päivi Haapasaari presented the GOHERR project in the Kick off conference of the eight BONUS sustainable ecosystem services projects, and in a BONUS Information event for the European community, in the Madou Plaza Tower, Brussels.  The Kick off conference brought together BONUS project coordinators and other project team members from a total of 26 BONUS projects, and members of the BONUS Steering Committee and the Advisory Board. The Information event showcased the impact, value and relevance of the whole BONUS programme for approximately 100 participants, including representatives from the Commission Services, the European Parliament, country offices and other. The GOHERR Kick off presentation can be found here and the Information event presentation here.

Agenda for the international stakeholder workshop

16-17th of February 2016, Bella Center, Copenhagen


Tuesday, February 16th

11.00    Lunch

12.00    Welcome:


Agenda of the workshop

12.30    Participant introductions

13.00    Group discussions:

Session 1: Global prospects for herring fishing industry

Session 2: Dioxin as a public health problem

15.00     Coffee break

15.30      Group discussions:

Session 3: Implications of dioxin to herring fishing sector

Session 4: Consumers’ fish eating habits

17.30    Plenary discussion on the results of day 1

18.00    End of day 1


Wednesday, February 17th

9.00    Presentation:

Impact of interaction between salmon and herring on dioxin accumulation, and opportunities to reduce dioxin by size-selective fishing

9.20    Backcasting method: introduction

9.40    Desirable future states of Baltic herring fishery

10.00    Coffee break

10.30    Group discussions:

Defining pathways to reach the future states (backcasting), sessions 5 and 6

12.00    Lunch

13.00    Group discussions continue

14.00    Plenary discussion on the results of day 2

14.45    Conclusions, feedback

15.00    End of day 2