Fisheries in the Maritime Spatial Planning context


This report investigates the possible opportunities and suitability of using spatial planning to prepare regulations in fisheries management, analyses the current legal situation and provides samples of proposed regulations to be included in MSPs.

Sea Basin(s): 
March 2013
Application in MSP: 
Applied in an MSP process
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Economic aspects
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Common Fisheries Policy

Questions this practice may help answer

  • Do fisheries pose spatial claims? How do they interact with other sea uses?
  • Is it necessary to establish spatial planning regulations for fisheries?
  • How can fisheries be integrated into maritime spatial planning?

Implementation Context

The “Fisheries in the MSP context” report was  developed within the context of the BaltSeaPlan project and it builds on work done as part of the same project, as well as other projects like BALANCE and PlanBothnia.

Aspects / Objectives

This report seeks to:

  • Prove that integrating fisheries into maritime spatial planning is both possible and advisable
  • Highlight the data gaps and the lack of methodological experience and legal framework necessary for the sector to be integrated into MSP
  • Present options for fully integrating fisheries into maritime spatial planning


A working group consisting of BaltSeaPlan partners and coordinated by WWF was set up in order to identify the problems relating to the integration of fisheries into the system of MSP. The group agreed that fisheries should be included in all phases of the project and contribute to key outputs. This decision is reflected in many BaltSeaPlan reports, including BaltSeaPlan report 23, which proposes ways of introducing fisheries management into the legal framework for spatial planning. It is also evident in most of the MSP pilot plans produced by BaltSeaPlan, as well as in the BaltSeaPlan Vision 2030, which considers fisheries as one of the four key topics to be dealt with at transnational level. This report assembles the results of all the fisheries-related work done within the context of BaltSeaPlan, as well as of previous projects that took up the case of fisheries in sea use planning context, like BALANCE and PlanBothnia.

Main Outputs / Results

BaltSeaPlan Report No 26 "Fisheries in the MSP context".


The "Fisheries in the MSP context" report draws mainly from experience on the Baltic Sea Region, but the recommendations are applicable to any sea basin.

Contact Person

Angela Schultz-Zehden

s.Pro – sustainable projects GmbH

Rheinstraße 34, 12161 Berlin, Germany

Tel. +49 (30) 8321417-40

Fax. +49 (30) 8321417-50


Kira Gee

s.Pro – sustainable projects GmbH

Rheinstraße 34, 12161 Berlin, Germany

Tel. +49 (30) 8321417-40

Fax. +49 (30) 8321417-50


Responsible Entity

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)

Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 78,

20359 Hamburg,