International workshop on the dioxin problem of Baltic herring 


On the 16th and 17th of February stakeholders representing the fishing industry, environmental NGO's, consumers, administration, herring fisheries and dioxin exports from Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Denmark will meet up to discuss and explore the dioxin problem of Baltic herring.


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The purpose of the workshop is first to discuss implications of dioxins to the herring fishing industry, the consumption of herring, and public health, and to elaborate future prospects for the herring fishing sector. Second, alternative objectives, or desirable future states, for the herring fishing sector are defined, and actions to reach them are determined. Special interest is paid to potential changes in the uses of herring
that might come up if dioxins in the fish are reduced.

The workshop is part of the research project BONUS GOHERR (Integrated governance of Baltic herring and salmon stocks involving stakeholders The project aims to explore the potential of ecosystem-based management in reducing dioxin in Baltic herring and salmon, and in improving both the sustainability of the stocks and the image of Baltic Sea fish as food source. BONUS GOHERR is funded
through the Baltic Sea research and development program BONUS The project partners are the University of Helsinki, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Aalborg University (Innovative Fisheries Management), National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland), and the University of Oulu.

Participation in this workshop provides you with an opportunity to share your views regarding Baltic herring fisheries and the related dioxin problem, to influence both the problem framing and results of the project, and to enhance the relevancy of the project also from your perspective. Overall, combining the views of experts representing different fields will greatly improve the understanding of the problem and its
solution possibilities.