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Published: 2012-10-18
Swedish fishing styles in the Baltic
Within a transdisciplinary research project researchers are working to identify different types of fisheries' and how these different types of fisheries are related to environmental change, e.g. how regime shifts can have varied effects for different types of fisheries.
The project Regime shifts in the Baltic Sea ecosystem - modelling complex adaptive ecosystems and governance implications is a transdisciplinary project at the Stockholm University, lead in part by the Baltic Nest Institute.

As complex adaptive ecosystems requires flexible management and adaptive governance, one of the project's work packages deals with identifying, analyzing and evaluating multi-level, multi-lateral governance strategies that are able to respond promptly to new ecological information.

Fishing styles in the Baltic
One project in work package 4, managed by Wijnand Boonstra, looks closer at styles of fishing in the Baltic. Fishing styles are the socially shared and habitual modes of adaptation to problems stemming from fishers´ dependence on:

  • a) The natural environment,
  • b) Other people, i.e. institutions, organisations in social spheres (the state, market and civil society),
  • c) Their own physical and emotional condition, including their motives, passions and feelings

In a recent study Wijnand, together with Jonas Hentati-Sundberg (PhD-student), Emma Björkvik and Maja Berggren (Master-students), have interviewed fisher's about their experiences and are currently working to analyse these interviews.

Results from the study
A poster of the study PDF (pdf, 9.6 MB) describes the study design, some preliminary results and aims for future fishing style research.

More information about this project can be found in blogs written by Emma Björkvik and Maja Berggren, and can be obtained from Wijnand Boonstra.

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