Coastal fish assessments will continue in the Baltic Sea with renewed HELCOM project
Coastal fish assessments will continue to be carried out in the Baltic Sea with renewed commitment from the HELCOM countries, as shown during the first meeting of the FISH-PRO III project that was held in Helsinki from 12 to 14 February 2019.
The focus of the meeting was to finalize the revised monitoring guideline for coastal fish in HELCOM, and to follow up on the development work of the indicators used for the assessments of coastal fish.
"The Helsinki meeting took us a step further in the development of additional indicators for coastal fish," said Jens Olsson, project manager of FISH-PRO III and chair of the meeting.
The current HELCOM indicators on coastal fish notably evaluate the abundance of typical species of fish, such as perch and flounder, in the coastal areas of the Baltic Sea. They also evaluate the status of key functional groups such as piscivores, cyprinids and mesopredators.
FISH-PRO III – the Continuation of the Project for Baltic-wide assessment of coastal fish communities in support of an ecosystem-based management follows the FISH-PRO II project. Findings from FISH-PRO II were recently published in the third assessment on coastal fish.
HELCOM thematic assessments on coastal fish have been produced since 2006.
The full article can be found at helcom.fi
More information about the project HELCOM FISH-PRO III can also be found at helcom.fi
HELCOM’s core indicators that evaluate progress towards the goal of achieving good environmental status in the Baltic Sea can be found here at helcom.fi