The management of the commercial fishery and how it affects the marine ecosystem are central to my work. Baltic fisheries are, compared to fishing in other European regions, considered to be well managed. While basically true, the changing marine environment combined with large human impact makes it particularly challenging to manage the fisheries in the Baltic sustainably.
To meet the obligations of objectives in the EU environmental legislations, there is a need for broader environmental considerations. A more ecosystem-based management would provide a larger buffer for environmental change, which is needed for long-term sustainability of the Baltic fish stocks, and combined with a balanced stakeholder involvement, are key for economic development.
I have a PhD in marine- and freshwater ecology, with a thesis on invasive species in the Baltic Sea. I have worked with research, development and mitigation of climate change impacts at SIDA (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). Before joining the Baltic Eye, I worked at the Swedish environmental NGO the “Fisheries Secretariat”, with a focus on fisheries policy in the Baltic Sea region and at EU level.