Objectives & Approach

What are the objectives of the project?

HERRING seeks to improve the sustainable and holistic management of the South Baltic region’s ecosystem resource herring and with it the reproductive capacity of the species, and the success of future sustainable herring fisheries. 

The project will address questions such as:

  • What are the main stressors for coastal habitats and what are the drivers in terms of present and future anthropogenic impacts?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of present marine ecosystem management with respect to the development of sound management strategies for spawning and nursery areas?
  • Which stakeholders, institutions and authorities should work together at regional, national and international level to develop sustainable solutions for preserving those important habitats?
  • What are the necessary tools and mechanisms to improve coastal management?

HERRING also aims at competence building and awareness rising within coastal management structures. The project strives for the inclusion of the habitat condition and the monitoring of coastal spawning grounds into overall Baltic Sea (herring) fisheries and coastal management.

How is the project planning on achieving this?

To achieve its aims, the project will analyse drivers and impacts on coastal spawning and nursery grounds of the two relevant stocks. It will further exchange comprehensive knowledge between different regional case studies and different management levels, and conjointly develop management strategies and recommendations for regional as well as transnational managing authorities.

Management strategies developed in HERRING will be area-specific and tailored to the western Baltic spring spawning and central Baltic herring stocks but will be applicable also to other Baltic coastal areas and resources. By means of multi-level discussion forums and diversified common recommendations, the project intends to stabilise an overall sustainable integrated management of coastal ecosystems and their natural resources under human spatial use.