Within the program of the LITTORAL conference in Klaipeda (Lithuania) EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany organised a transnational HERRING project symposium on the 24th September 2014. In the symposium regional project results from all three case studies were presented and discussed with experts and invited stakeholders to bring forward transnational recommendations for a future sustainable management of coastal spawning grounds in the Southern Baltic Sea. Eutrophication, changes in the coastal morphology and climate change have been analysed within stakeholder discussions as major anthropogenic impacts with great potential in threatening spawning success and epitaxial growth of young fish. The participants recommended a future integration of spawning ground protection into relevant management strategies, for example spatial planning and NATURA 2000. An improved dialogue between science and practice is seen as a further essential step towards an enhanced consideration of spawning grounds.
Find more information about the HERRING project under: http://www.baltic-herring.eu.