Promoting sustainable fisheries for invasive species in the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea fisheries currently experience severe limits of total allowable catches for traditional fish species (cod, herring). At same time, the Round Goby (RG), an invasive fish species, is not subject to these limits. It is by now the predominant fish species in many Baltic coastal areas and is continuously increasing its range and abundance. National initiatives to address this potentially new resource, and hence mitigate its negative impacts, have so far been scarce. Moreover, fishery opportunities are so far limited as with current fishing gear by-catch of native smaller species is a risk. Through transnational cooperation and competence-building of fishers, gear manufacturers, the industry and relevant regulatory authorities, the Round Goby project will promote round goby fishing by exploring management options, developing jointly approved fishing methods and reporting systems as well as showcasing production of high value products for local markets. The project will open new opportunities for Baltic fishermen while reducing the population of an invasive species which threatens the Baltic Sea’s biodiversity.
Round Goby is a consortium of 15 project partners, including SUBMARINER Network and it’s members.
Annika Steele, Project Manager