Industrial Fisheries in the Baltic Sea

15-03-2011

The Baltic fisheries that provide sprat and herring for animal feed and for industrial purposes (fish meal and oil production) mainly use trawls. Landings for human consumption are made from fisheries using the same gears. Usage of sprat and herring landings is market driven. Although ICES has not specified the MSY target for all stocks, it appears that Baltic herring and sprat are exploited around or slightly above current MSY levels. Changes in abundance and growth of herring and sprat are at least partly caused by changes in cod predation and environmental conditions.

The Baltic fisheries that provide sprat and herring for animal feed and for industrial purposes (fish meal and oil production) mainly use trawls. Landings for human consumption are made from fisheries using the same gears. Usage of sprat and herring landings is market driven. Although ICES has not specified the MSY target for all stocks, it appears that Baltic herring and sprat are exploited around or slightly above current MSY levels. Changes in abundance and growth of herring and sprat are at least partly caused by changes in cod predation and environmental conditions.

Ekstern forfatter

Hans LASSEN (Denmark)