Goherr: WP5 Linking the health of the Baltic Sea with health of humans: Dioxin

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Summary of workpackage

Work package number: WP 5
Start date or starting event: Month 1
Work package title: Linking the health of the Baltic Sea with health of humans: Dioxin
Activity Type: RTD
Participant number 2 4 3 5 1
Participant short name THL SLU IFM-AAU UOULU UH
Person-months per participant 16 13 0 2 8

Contact information

Name Institution e-mail skype phone Responsibilities
Jouni Tuomisto THL jouni.tuomisto()thl.fi jouni_tuomisto +358295246305 WP5 leader
Anna Gårdmark SLU anna.gardmark()slu.se Task 5.1 and 5.2 leader
Arja Asikainen THL arja.asikainen()thl.fi arjanen WP5 researcher, tasks 5.3 and 5.4



  • 5.1 Effects of fishing on bioaccumulation of dioxins in herring (SLU) (M36)

Use the herring-salmon-dioxin model from WP4 to analyze the effect of different fisheries, parameterized to mimic current Baltic Sea herring fisheries aimed for food consumption or industrial use, leading to positively, negatively and neutrally size-selective fishing mortality, respectively, and study their differential impact on bioaccumulation, individual life history, population and community structure.

  • 5.2 Herring fishing to reduce dioxin in salmon and herring (SLU) (M36)

Investigate alternative management schemes aiming to minimize bioaccumulation of dioxins in herring and salmon by systematically varying the level and size-selectivity of fishing mortality on herring in the novel herring-salmon-dioxin model from WP4.

THL has recently collected data about previous and current fish consumption in Finland, especially about Baltic herring. These data will be used to update the estimates about fish intake and also exposures to harmful (dioxin and other persistent pollutants) and healthy (omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D) compounds in Baltic fish. A probabilistic benefit-risk assessment will be performed to inform policy makers about the health impacts of fish. Further, this assessment will be combined with the results of the other WPs to produce estimates of future health impacts of Baltic fish related to different policy options. These estimates will be used as input in the decision support model built in WP6. A similar assessment will be produced for Sweden using their respective national data about fish consumption.


  • D5.1 An open online model about dioxins in fish; human consumption; and health benefits and risks (Month 24). Responsible partner: THL.
  • D5.2 Journal publication (submitted): The health benefit-risk model results (Month 34). Responsible partner: THL.
  • D5.3 Report/MS: The role of size-selective fisheries on bioaccumulation of dioxins (Month 36). Responsible partner: SLU.

See also

Goherr Research project 2015-2018: Integrated governance of Baltic herring and salmon stocks involving stakeholders

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WP1 Management · WP2 Sociocultural use, value and goverrnance of Baltic salmon and herring · WP3 Scenarios and management objectives · WP4 Linking fish physiology to food production and bioaccumulation of dioxin · WP5 Linking the health of the Baltic Sea with health of humans: Dioxin · WP6 Building a decision support model for integrated governance · WP7 Dissemination

Other pages in Opasnet

GOHERR assessment · Goherr flyer · Goherr scenarios · Relevant literature: policy · dioxins · values


Exposure- response functions of dioxins · Fish consumption in Sweden · POP concentrations in Baltic sea fish · Exposure-response functions of Omega3 fatty acids

Methods Health impact assessment · OpasnetBaseUtils‎ · Modelling in Opasnet
Other assessments Benefit-risk assessment of Baltic herring · Benefit-risk assessment on farmed salmon · Benefit-risk assessment of methyl mercury and omega-3 fatty acids in fish · Benefit-risk assessment of fish consumption for Beneris · Benefit-risk assessment of Baltic herring (in Finnish)
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