GOHERR research presented in ICES ASC 2016 and EurSAFE 2016

Doctoral students Mia Pihlajamäki and Suvi Ignatius presented ongoing BONUS GOHERR research in two European science events: The ICES Annual Science Conference 2016 and the EurSAFE 2016 Congress.

The ICES Annual Science Conference was organized in 19 – 23 September 2016 in Riga, Latvia. Suvi and Mia presented their work in theme session R, which focused on integration of humanities and social sciences into marine ecosystem management. Mia gave a talk on futures for the use of Baltic herring catch in 2040 and Suvi introduced justification theory to explore socio-cultural values related to fish and fisheries through Baltic salmon and herring cases.

The 13th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, EurSAFE 2016, took place in 28 September – 1 October at the University of Porto, Portugal. The Congress focused on food futures, ethics, science and culture. Suvi addressed socio-cultural values in the use and management of Baltic herring and Mia gave a presentation on the contribution of Baltic herring fisheries to food security and safety.

Sociological part of the research project presented in two science events

Why and how are socio-cultural values relevant for fisheries management in general and for Baltic herring management in particular? Doctoral student Suvi Ignatius discussed these BONUS GOHERR themes in two science events held at the University of Helsinki: 25th Spring Symposium organized by and for the doctoral students of ecology, evolution, conservation and systematics (7th-9th of March), as well as the first annual meeting of the DENVI doctoral programme in interdisciplinary environmental sciences (11th of March). In the latter, she was awarded for the second best student talk.

The presentations were based on the ongoing GOHERR research focusing on the socio-cultural values that guide the use and management of Baltic herring and salmon in different Baltic Sea countries. Ignatius argues that research on stakeholders’ value perspectives is essential for the development of ecosystem-based fisheries management. The ecosystem approach to management requires holistic understanding of the ecosystem, including interactions between society and environment. Additionally, the current emphasis of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy for the regionalization of the fisheries management structures implies taking stakeholders’ values into account in management decisions.

BONUS GOHERR workshop visioned increasing Baltic herring consumption

BONUS GOHERR held a workshop (16 – 17 February 2016) with 11 invited experts from four Baltic Sea countries to discuss the dioxin problem of Baltic herring. Active discussions among GOHERR researchers and stakeholders resulted in an improved understanding of the possibilities to increase human consumption of Baltic herring. “This improved my view – especially on the prospects of herring market and things affecting it“, said one of the participants after the workshop. One key outcome of the workshop was the identification of three desirable future states for increasing herring consumption and the actions to reach them.

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.