Fishery co-management; a sustainable way to develop fisheries?

“Fishery co-management; a sustainable way to develop fisheries? A multi-disciplinary assessment of the fisheries in Lake Vättern, Sweden” is a new piece of research, conducted and published by Master’s student Audrey van Mastrigt, under the supervision of GAP2 scientist Alfred Sandstrom.

You can read a summary of the research below, or to read the full paper please click here.


Mismanagement of fisheries is one of the main reasons for the critical situation fisheries face today. Therefore, there is demand for new management strategies that can help develop sustainable fisheries. One of these new up-coming governance approaches in fisheries is co-management. Co-management is a governance arrangement where resource users are involved in the decision-making process. It aims to develop sustainable fisheries by integrating the ecology of the fishery system with the social and economic aspects associated with the fisheries. This is something that centralized ‘top-down’ management forms of governance have often failed to address. This study aims to assess whether co-management indeed does lead to more sustainable fisheries, using Lake Vattern as its case study.


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