Toward a holistic bio-socio-economic pan-Arctic fisheries assessment

Organized by: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) 5. September 2017

Many of the world’s largest fisheries border the Arctic Ocean in the Barents Sea, the Nordic Seas, and the Bering Sea. With the anticipated warming of the Arctic region, many commercially important fish and shellfish species are predicted to become established and global climate change will influence their productivity.

These changes are not hypothetical but are already taking place. Arctic fisheries are also characterized by the high diversity and complexity of the multiple stakeholder groups deriving benefits from the associated ecosystem services rendered in terms of food, employment, revenues, recreation, and tourism. Understanding and managing Arctic fisheries thus requires highly integrated approaches spanning across (A) multiple biological processes, (B) multiple societal objectives, (C) multiple stakeholder interests, and (D) multiple sectors and regions. This session will highlight how these challenges to contemporary fisheries science can be tackled and show how they jointly enable a holistic bio-socio-economic approach to pan-Arctic fisheries assessment.


  • Mikko Heino, Professor, University of Bergen: Ecology and evolution of sustainable exploitation of fish stocks
  • Ulf Dieckmann, Program Director, IIASA: Reconciling societal objectives and stakeholder interests in integrated fisheries assessments
  • Rachel Tiller, Research Scientist, SINTEF: Reducing uncertainty in climate-change scenario development through transdisciplinary integration of qualitative stakeholder data in decision-support systems
  • Petr Havlík, Senior Research Scholar, IIASA: An integrated economic model of global fisheries, aquaculture, and agriculture