New publication: How to improve governance of a complex social-ecological problem? Dioxins in Baltic salmon and herring

New paper led by Päivi Haapasaari focuses on the dioxin problem of Baltic herring and salmon fisheries and its governance that is based on natural scientific knowledge

New publication examines how the governance of the dioxin problem of Baltic salmon and herring fisheries could be improved to address the socio-economic, cultural and food security implications of the problem, instead of only focusing on food safety.

Four main actions were identified: (1) adopt environmental, economic and social sustainability, and food security and safety as shared principles between the environmental, food safety/public health, and fisheries policies, (2) establish collaboration between the environmental, public health, and fisheries sectors at the regional level, (3) enhance interaction around the dioxin problem within the fisheries sector, and (4) support the participation of the Baltic fisheries stakeholders in the EU-level food safety governance.

Viewing dioxins in fish not only as a natural scientific problem but as a multidimensional one would enable a wider toolbox of governing instruments to be developed to better address the different dimensions. This would support steps towards collaborative governance and a food system approach.

Haapasaari, P., Ignatius, S., Pihlajamäki, M-E., Sarkki, S., Tuomisto, J. & Delaney, A. 2019. How to improve governance of a complex social-ecological problem? Dioxins in Baltic salmon and herring. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2019.1661236