Adaptation of the Western Baltic Coastal Fishery to Climate Change (balt_ADAPT)

The project is dedicated to the adaptation of coastal fishery in the Western Baltic Sea to climate change.

The main target species of fishery in the Baltic Sea, herring and cod, respond to warming by decreasing their productivity and regional shifts in stocks. balt_ADAPT develops tools for ecosystem-based management of Baltic Sea stocks that can support policy makers in developing sustainable fisheries. It is about strategic adaptation to climate change in order to preserve local biodiversity and coastal fisheries.

To support adaptation planning, balt_ADAPT combines a biological risk analysis with an assessment of the ecosystem status, with the development of different management strategies, and with the creation of narratives of the future development of the socio-ecological system under different climate and use scenarios. For this purpose, stakeholders are specifically involved in the research.


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


2020 - 2022


Prof. Marie-Catherine Riekhof
Heike Schwermer