In the competition for marine space, the fishing sector needs to prepare for management impacts from other directives than the EU Common Fishery Policy. Our purpose is to support the sector specific stakeholders and policy makers and provide them with a tool for evaluating the spatial planning and management scenarios and spatial explicit fishery dynamics. This tool is informed by the different types of fishing activities and other activities occupying marine space. The tool is designed to assist optimal decision making in reaction to stock fluctuations, changes in available space for fishing, and management actions, at the finest scale available. The model offers a detailed level of understanding on how stable profits and more energy efficient fisheries are possible, even if a zonation reduces the fishing opportunities and the number of fishing grounds. The model further contributes to the coordination and integration of different spatial activities in certain sea areas and reduces potential inefficient management and use of space according to the aims of the EU MSP directive.
Source: Bastardie, F., Nielsen, J.R., Eigaard O., Fock O.H., Jonsson, P., and Bartolino V. 2015 Competition for marine space: modelling the Baltic Sea fisheries and effort displacement under spatial restrictions (in press in ICES Journal of Marine Science)