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Baltic seals - balancing between sustainable ecosystem management and fisheries (ECOSEAL)
Start date: Dec 31, 2011, End date: Nov 30, 2013 PROJECT  FINISHED 

ls in the Baltic Sea ecosystem to be utilized for conservation and management actions, 3) to create risk analysis models by combining existing data (e.g. on rate of population increase) and the new information produced in the project, to be used as tools in sustainable management of seals, and 4) to disseminate up-to-date information on seal-fishery conflict to interest groups, and 5) to recommend ways to mitigate the seal-fishery conflict. By its various actions concentrating on the coastal Baltic waters, the project will in general increase environmental awareness of decision makers, other stakeholders and citizens in the Central Baltic Programme area and especially in the project’s target area of the archipelago and islands. Achievements: The ECOSEAL project brought together experts on seal ecology, fish stock management, and mathematical modelling in addition to various stakeholders from Finland, Sweden and Estonia in order to produce and utilise new, extensive information and practical tools to be introduced and facilitate favourable seal management in the Baltic countries. The project aimed to provide practical tools for the conservation and management of Baltic seals. The project also disseminated up-to-date information on various aspects of seal-fishery interactions (by-catch, impact of seals on fish and fisheries) to fishermen and other stakeholders, and also proposed ways to mitigate any conflict. Additionally, the project assessed the opportunities for local people in the coastal archipelago region to start utilising seals as an asset in terms of nature tourism.
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  • 2007 - 2013 Central Baltic (FI-SE-EE-LA)
  • Project on KEEP Platform
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