About us

  • Aim

    To develop scientific and policy knowledge to help small-scale coastal fisheries into a sustainable future, while taking into account the needs of biodiversity protection, tourism and renewable energy production.

  • Focus

    Small-scale coastal fisheries in the western Baltic Sea: Contents of the work packages all relate to this topic area.

  • Study area

    The western Baltic Sea, with the coasts of Germany on the Baltic Sea.

The interconnections of the work packages (WP)


What possibilities can we explore together to bring small-scale coastal fisheries into a sustainable future? In SpaCeParti living labs, stakeholders (fisheries, tourism, local politics, etc.) and researchers work together in dialogue to find solutions to current problems of small-scale coastal fisheries in the western Baltic Sea. This transdisciplinary cooperation gives rise to ideas for solutions, which are tested experimentally in living labs to see if they are suitable for practical use. In the process, mutual knowledge transfer takes place by sharing the findings of the project's work packages and the practical knowledge of the stakeholders in the living labs.

What environmental influences affect the production of juvenile cod and herring? Among other things, climate change influences and their effects on biodiversity in the Baltic Sea are being researched. The results should help to develop alternative management plans for fish species that do not only affect fisheries.

What interactions exist between fisheries, nature conservation, offshore energy parks and other stakeholders? These will be investigated and put in relation to each other in order to gain a better understanding of political processes and socio-economic interrelations.

How should fisheries be organised to ensure the well-being of fish and fishermen? What influences do e.g. climate change or political events have on it? Spatial models are used to investigate these questions in order to find possible solutions.

Where are conflicts between user and stakeholder groups in the Western Baltic Sea? With the help of the background knowledge acquired in the work packages, suggestions for action are to be developed for policy and decision-makers that can be actively adapted to current situations. The aim is to show ways towards sustainable fisheries.

Cooperation with researchers from the Baltic Health Index (BHI) at Stockholm University. The BHI has an extensive socio-economic database to assess the state of the Baltic Sea in different regions. Collaborate with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) for advisory activities.