Fisheries and the protection of the Saimaa ringed seal - needs and challenges of integration (KASSY)

01.07.2021 - 01.05.2022

Research group

Integrating interests of fisheries and the protection of Saimaa ringed seal has been challenging. The project studies the tensions between protecting the Saimaa ringed seal and interests related to fishing and fisheries in lake Saimaa.

The study has two goals. First, to examine existing patterns of interaction, negotiation, and ways of collaboration along with challenges in integration between interest groups. Second, to identify practical development needs to support conflict resolution and to introduce new integrative and collaborative approaches to relevant future strategies and policies. The research results will be relevant not only concerning the Saimaa ringed seal and fisheries but also in similar conflicts over other protected species.