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Nordic Coastal Fisheries and Communities

Status and Future Prospects

image of Nordic Coastal Fisheries and Communities

Coastal fisheries play a vital role in the marine sector of the Nordic countries and serves as a backbone of the economy of many smaller coastal communities. The coastal fleets usually have a big presence in smaller, more remote fishing villages, supplying local processing companies with raw material. The coastal sector is therefore highly important for regional development, as it represents a significant part of total landings and offers employment for a large number of fishermen, processors and other supporting industries. This report reviews the coastal sectors in seven Nordic countries, which include almost 20 thousand coastal vessels that are catching close to 900 thousand tonnes a year, valued at 1.2 billion EUR. The fleets are highly variable and the individual countries do each have their unique strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, which are discussed in the report.

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Discussions and conclusions

Small coastal communities in North Atlantic are being faced with number of challenges, as they struggle to maintain their population, provide job opportunities, service to their inhabitants and provide the necessary infrastructure so that young people decide to make a future in these communities. Most of these communities rely heavily on the coastal fishing fleet for survival, where the fleet is in one way or another the backbone of employment in the areas. Most of the other jobs in these communities are directly or indirectly servicing the catching or the processing sector.

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