Author(s): M. Kopti, R. Aps, M. Fetissov & Ü. Suursaar
This paper discusses possible solutions to the problem of integrating fishery
management into the process of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and
exemplifies the issue by analyzing the potential solution for the place based
management of the Gulf of Riga herring fishery in the Pärnu Bay (Baltic Sea).
According to the latest scientific advice, the total landings of the Gulf of Riga
herring are above the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) level and from the
Precautionary Approach point of view, the stock is harvested unsustainably.
According to the Ecosystem Approach to fisheries, the fishing capacity should
be balanced with the herring stock available both at international and national
Integration of the Gulf of Riga herring fisheries management into the
Pärnu Bay MSP process means mapping and planning not only important fishing
grounds but also Essential Fish Habitats and the Habitat Areas of Particular
A guiding principle approach was applied to develop a shared concept
of the Pärnu Bay sea area as a place based management area.
In addition, the
“learning by doing and seeing” methodology and “design with nature” approach
were implemented and map layers visualization, supported by the BoundaryGIS
geoportal, proved to be efficient tools for the participatory processes concerned.
As a result, series of biophysical, socioeconomic, and jurisdictional overlays
were developed and when combined together they identify in necessary detail the
Pärnu Bay MSP pilot area as the sea area for place based management.
fisheries management, place based management, MSP, Baltic Sea.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/RAV110181
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This paper can be found in the following bookManagement of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards IIIBuy