Values related to Baltic salmon and herring were discussed in a public lecture

“King of fishes and sour dish” was a topic of a public lecture that was held in Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka, Finland, in 18th of Januray. In her talk, doctoral student Suvi Ignatius discussed on the sociocultural values that Finns relate to Baltic salmon and herring.


Course in Decision Analysis for Environmental Management

BONUS GOHERR will organise a course in decision analysis for environmental management in collaboration with the DENVI doctoral programme of the University of Helsinki (Doctoral programme in interdisciplinary environmental sciences). The course is intended for young BONUS scientists and doctoral students in DENVI. It will take place on 13-17 February 2017 in Helsinki.

Further information in BONUS projects webpage.

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.