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Local attitudes towards management measures for the co-existence of seals and coastal fishery - A Swedish case study

Waldo, Åsa LU ; Johansson, Maria LU ; Blomquist, Johan LU ; Jansson, Torbjörn ; Königson, Sara ; Lunneryd, Sven Gunnar ; Persson, Anders LU and Waldo, Staffan LU (2020) In Marine Policy 118.
Abstract

Marine mammals and coastal fisheries are two features commonly associated with thriving marine environments, but it is also a case of wildlife impact on human interests. This paper analyses the seal-fisheries encounter in a Swedish Baltic Sea fishery. The problem concerns seals eating fish from the fishing gear which causes considerable economic losses to small-scale fishermen. This mixed-method study addresses local attitudes towards management measures that might be introduced. A questionnaire was sent to all households in three traditional fishing villages and interviews were conducted with local stakeholders. The results show a consensus that something needs to be done or the local fishery cannot continue. Economic compensation for... (More)

Marine mammals and coastal fisheries are two features commonly associated with thriving marine environments, but it is also a case of wildlife impact on human interests. This paper analyses the seal-fisheries encounter in a Swedish Baltic Sea fishery. The problem concerns seals eating fish from the fishing gear which causes considerable economic losses to small-scale fishermen. This mixed-method study addresses local attitudes towards management measures that might be introduced. A questionnaire was sent to all households in three traditional fishing villages and interviews were conducted with local stakeholders. The results show a consensus that something needs to be done or the local fishery cannot continue. Economic compensation for lost catches is viewed as a short-term strategy, while investment subsidies for seal-proof gear are considered positive but problematic due to low efficiency of the new gear. The management measure viewed as most positive in the local context is hunting. In general, a more active management is perceived as urgent for the survival of the small-scale coastal fishery in the studied area.

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Attitudes, Baltic sea, Co-existence, Fisheries, Human-wildlife conflict, Marine mammals, Seals
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Marine Policy
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118
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104018
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Elsevier
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10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104018
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  author       = {Waldo, Åsa and Johansson, Maria and Blomquist, Johan and Jansson, Torbjörn and Königson, Sara and Lunneryd, Sven Gunnar and Persson, Anders and Waldo, Staffan},
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  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Marine Policy},
  title        = {Local attitudes towards management measures for the co-existence of seals and coastal fishery - A Swedish case study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104018},
  doi          = {10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104018},
  volume       = {118},
  year         = {2020},
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