Evaluating Baltic Sea fisheries governance in the context of open policy practice

Jouni Tuomisto, Arja Asikainen, Päivi Meriläinen, Päivi Elisabet Haapasaari, Mia Pihlajamäki, Suvi Helka Maria Ignatius, Simo Sarkki

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Open policy practice (OPP) is a decision support method that is based on open co‐creation of materials describing scientific evidence and stakeholder values related to a given policy. In the BONUS GOHERR project, we assess the current Baltic Sea fisheries and environmental management procedures using the normative principles of OPP as criteria. Three main principles of OPP are openness (of information and participation), criticism (based on scientific evidence, local experience‐based knowledge or stakeholder values), and shared information objects (permanent, structured online pages for managing, updating, and distributing information). The current regional governance structures fulfil these principles poorly, and there are organizational reasons for this. Information flows through closed channels (e.g. email) between groups that have narrow tasks such as to recommend or determine total allowable catch. Stakeholders are heard, but there is no standardized procedure to incorporate emerging critique. With current structures, it would be difficult to achieve integrated governance between e.g. species or sectors based on shared information base. During the latter part of the project, we will apply OPP principles in a stakeholder meeting about Baltic Sea fisheries and environmental governance and collect feedback about what hindrances participants see in their implementation in actual policy-making.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
EventBONUS SYMPOSIUM: Science delivery for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea living resources - Tallinna, Estonia
Duration: 17 Oct 201719 Oct 2017


ConferenceBONUS SYMPOSIUM: Science delivery for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea living resources

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