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Local Fishing at Archipelago Sea 2018

With directed fishing of low-valued fish, we will recycle nutrients from the Archipelago Sea to solid ground and utilise the under-valued fish as a resource in eco-friendly food production.

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This Campaign started on November 30 and will close on March 30, 2018, 23:59.
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The quantified nutrient reduction/removal is :500 kg/a

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Local Fishing at Archipelago Sea 2018

The Archipelago Sea is receiving heavy land-based nutrient load through rivers and is one of the most eutrophied parts of the Baltic Sea. Directed fishing of cyprinid fish can reduce the nutrient volumes of the marine ecosystem significantly, thus complementing the on-shore measures that aim at reducing the nutrient load. With the help of local fishermen, the project will remove 62 tons of fish (i.e. 500 kg of phosphorus) from the Sea.

The catch is utilised in institutional kitchens and in the production of Pirkka Saaristolaiskalapihvi (a consumer product produced by Apetit Ruoka Oy). Side streams, such as fish trimmings, are utilised for fish feed or in energy production. 

What We Need and Why

John Nurminen Foundation will pay a phosphorus removal fee of 0,53 €/kg cyprinid fish which corresponds to 66 €/removed kg phosphorus. In addition, the fishermen receive a market price for their catch that enters the food chain. The need for a phosphorus removal fee is temporary as the idea is to move into a fully market-based mechanism in a couple of years’ time.

The salary of a project manager will be covered by Interreg Central Baltic programme (project NutriTrade) and by John Nurminen Foundation.

The Impact

The quantified nutrient reduction/removal is 500 kg for 1 year(s).

Fish contain 0,8 % of phosphorus so a catch of 62 tons will remove 0,5 ton of P.

Removing phosphorus from the ecosystem will reduce eutrophication, and as the fish is intended for human consumption, fishing will also reduce the need for imported fish. By removing cyprinid fish, the project is likely to improve the balance of local fish stocks, too. 

Risks and Challenges

To ensure the ecological and social sustainability of activities, fishing will be restricted with preconditions that all fishermen commit to. Fishing will be limited to underutilised cyprinid fish (bream and roach), whereas all endangered and predator fish will be released from the traps. The traps must be placed so that the ascents of migratory fish are not endangered (e.g. the traps may not be located in the vicinity of river mouths).

Timetable, Milestones & Reporting

The project will start with preparations for tendering and a call for the fishermen in January 2018. Fishing will start in spring 2018.

The fishermen will regularly report their catch, including fish released from the traps. John Nurminen Foundation will monitor the fishing activities and publish a catch report twice a year. The report includes the amount of overall catch and phosphorus removed from the sea, as well as information on released fish by species. 

The project will be coordinated by John Nurminen Foundation (JNF), a Finnish private foundation working for Baltic Sea protection since 2005. The Foundation has successfully piloted fishing of cyprinids in 2015-17 and has necessary contacts and knowledge to carry out the activities.

The project will be managed by Miina Mäki, JNF’s project management professional with 11 years’ experience in Baltic Sea protection. Miina has successfully planned and run the pilot phases of local fishing project and holds a Master’s Degree in marine biology.

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With investments in water protection measures, Porvoo water company wants to call the citizens’ attention to the high value of River Porvoo. At the same time, we want to challenge other Finnish water companies to neutralise their nutrient discharges. Come along everybody, let’s take part in environmental discussion, ask all stakeholders to keep in mind the big picture and the selection and location of the most cost-efficient sea protection measures in particular!

CEO Risto Saarinen Porvoon vesi