Aquafima - Integrating Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Towards a Sustainable Regional Development in the Baltic Sea Region 

The international project of the Baltic Sea Region transnational programme.

The fishery sector is a significant component of the national economy  in the Baltic Sea Region, particularly in coastal areas. In recent years the management and development of fishery and aquaculture raise concerns about the sustainability of the whole industry.

Not all ot the fish stocks are exploited in a biologically safe way, because fishing amounts are too high and beyond the conservation ceilings. There is an urgent need for new fishery management rules and regulations. The state of certain fish stocks and the fishery sector at the regional level could be stabilized by aimed development of aquacultur, the potential of which is not used completely. Integrating aquaculture in fishery management can contribute to the creation of new working places in the regions affected by fishery decline.

The aim of project AQUAFIMA is to integrate the international management of aquaculture and fishery, thus achieving sustainable regional development in the Baltic Sea region using ecosystem friendly access.

  • The collection of views of local/regional authorities, decision makers at political level, the scientific sector, fishery and environmental protection state and public organizations, and other interested institutions, such as HELCOM, ICES, Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council;
  • The analysis of national state and EU common fishery policy pushing alternatives for management improvement, which include regional approach and integration of aquaculture;
  • Evaluation of territorial concepts for fishery management, based on cross-border researches carried out in Szczecin Bay, Curonian Lagoon, Vistula Bay and the Gulf of Riga;
  • Analysis of marine aquaculture condition: territorial, ecological, economical and management aspects;
  • The assessment of various fish species reproduction technology, stocking results and its effectiveness;
  • Development of aquacultural juvenile fish release patterns integrated in fish resource management;
  • Promotion of BSR aquaculture development, ensuring knowledge and experience exchange between projects and institutions, as well as the involvement of other EU regions;
  • Development of aquaculture integration strategy for regional economical and tourism advancement, as well as solution to unemployment problem;
  • Promotion of interest and response towards aquaculture and farm products among BSR inhabitants;
  • Analysis of the role of fish production chain in aquaculture;
  • Evaluation of aquaculture development in regards to the integrated coastal area management, as well as environmental protection and spatial planning requirements. 

More detailed information is available on  AQUAFIMA official webpage

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