Promoting commercial fishing of Round Goby in the Baltic Sea
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RoundGoby

PROGRAMME 2021-2027
priority
2 Water-smart societies
objective
2.2 Blue economy
Project type
Core Project
Implementation
November 2023 - October 2026

RoundGoby

To develop a commercially viable fishery of invasive Round Goby fish species, the project RoundGoby helps authorities amend the legal framework and guides enterprises in producing suitable fishing gear and fish products for local markets.
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The project will promote fishing of Round Goby in the Baltic sea through exploring management options​, developing jointly approved fishing methods and report systems​, as well as showcasing how we can produce high value products for local markets​.

RoundGoby will provide new opportunties for Baltic fishermen whilst reducing the population of an invasive species which threatens the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem diversity.

 

Baltic Sea fishery currently experiences severe limits of total allowable catches for traditional fish species (cod, herring). At same time, the Round Goby (RG), an invasive fish species to the Baltic Sea, is not subject to these limits. It is by now the predominant fish species in many Baltic coastal areas and is continuously increasing its range and abundance. This has negative effects on epibenthic mollusks and native fish roe; but national initiatives to address this potentially new resource, and hence mitigate its negative impacts, have so far been scarce. Moreover, fishery opportunities are so far limited as with current fishing gear by-catch of native smaller species is a risk. Also, whereas RG is commonly used for human consumption in the Black Sea region, it is neither known to Baltic consumers nor are fish processing lines adapted to its small size. Latvia is currently the only BSR country that has commercial RG fishing for export and a RG management scheme. Through transnational cooperation and competence-building of fishers, gear manufacturers, the industry and relevant regulatory authorities, the Round Goby project will promote RG fishing by exploring management options, develop jointly approved fishing methods and report systems as well as showcase production of high value products for local markets. The project will open new opportunities for Baltic fishermen while reducing the population of an invasive species which threatens the Baltic Sea’s biodiversity.
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Budgets

RoundGoby
in numbers.
  • 3.72
    Million
    Total
  • 2.97
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway
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75 Benefitting organisations 1 Solution(s) in preparation 1 Solution(s) plannedfor use / upscale 9 Pilotactivities 26 Organisationsin the project

RoundGoby
in numbers.

  • 55.556554114.3499903
  • 54.5233303518.604027892041863
  • 56.90967324.15214087756266
  • 55.771864912.5051413
  • 56.621547415.3455829
  • 54.898213923.9044817
  • 59.437215524.7453688
  • 56.662882616.3662382
  • 55.763213213.0003944
  • 52.480655313.3471165
  • 54.790131618.4087342
  • 55.470084214.2788353
  • 55.519432314.3452106
  • 56.04126912.613327
Lead partnerMunicipality of Simrishamn
  • Town
    Simrishamn
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Skåne län
Total partner budget
349,448.00
Gdynia Maritime University
  • Town
    Gdynia
  • Region
  • Country
    Poland
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
Total partner budget
240,964.80
Institute of Food safety, Animal Health and Environment "BIOR"
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
532,844.80
Technical University of Denmark
  • Town
    Kgs. Lyngby
  • Region
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Region
    Nordsjælland
Total partner budget
280,360.00
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • Town
    Uppsala
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Uppsala län
Total partner budget
243,296.00
Kaunas Univertsity of Technology
  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
Total partner budget
232,564.80
Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies
  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
  • Country
    Estonia
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
Total partner budget
300,011.20
Kalmar municipality
  • Town
    Kalmar
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Kalmar län
Total partner budget
149,279.20
Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE)
  • Town
    Löddeköpinge
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Skåne län
Total partner budget
356,836.80
SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG
  • Town
    Berlin
  • Region
  • Country
    Germany
  • Region
    Berlin
Total partner budget
453,424.00
Port of Władysławowo "Szkuner" Sp. z o.o.
  • Town
    Władysławowo
  • Region
  • Country
    Poland
  • Region
    Gdański
Total partner budget
110,476.80
Skillinge Fisk-Impex AB
  • Town
    Skillinge
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Skåne län
Total partner budget
111,945.60
Branteviks Fisk
  • Town
    Brantevik
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Skåne län
Total partner budget
69,889.60
Baltijos konservai, LTD
  • Town
    Martinų k., Klaipėdos raj.
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Klaipėdos apskritis
Total partner budget
65,802.40
Danish Small-Scale Fishermen’s Producer Organisation
  • Town
    Helsingor
  • Region
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Region
    Østsjælland
Total partner budget
219,840.00

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25-26
April
2nd Mission Arena in Riga
Project: RoundGoby
Physical Meeting
25. - 26. April 2024
30-31
May
European Maritime Day
Project: RoundGoby
Physical Meeting
30. - 31. May 2024
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