Fish and shellfish harvesting
Fish and shellfish harvesting is a sector involved in the extraction of living resources. The socio-economic data describes commercial small-scale and large-scale fleet fishing which takes place within the Baltic Sea waters. Small-scale fleet uses vessels shorter than 12 meters, while large-scale fleet includes vessels larger than 12 meters. The data originates from the 2016 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet (STECF 2016a), for all countries except Russia. Due to the reduced number of vessels and/or enterprises in Germany and the Baltic States, data which are considered sensitive (on distant-water fleets) were not delivered to STECF. This has an impact on the regional level analysis.
The number of active vessels in the Baltic Sea was estimated at 6 500 in 2014, and 6 256 in 2013 (STECF 2015). The Finnish fleet was the largest (1 764 vessels). Among the EU Member States, Estonian, Finnish and Latvian marine fisheries are fully dependent on the Baltic Sea region, while other EU Member States vessels operate also in other marine fishing regions. Only vessels operational in the Baltic Sea are included in the statistics (Figures 3.4 and 3.5). The value of landings in the Baltic Sea region was in total 218 million euros in 2014, compared to the 260 million euros in 2012. The highest total values for fish and shellfish landed by national fleets from the Baltic Sea waters were by the Polish, Swedish and Finnish fleets, and the lowest total values by the Estonian and Lithuanian fleets. The value of landings is similar in size to the value of estimated revenue.
The gross value added for the Baltic Sea area was in total 95 million euros in 2014 compared to 121 million euros in 2012. The highest values were for Sweden and Poland, and the lowest values for Lithuania and Germany. In terms of employment, the commercial fishing sector related to the Baltic Sea waters employs an estimated total of 9 450 people. It should be noted that the full-time equivalent employment is almost half of this number (5 076), as the full-time equivalent estimates are different from the number of persons employed in all countries other than Poland. Poland, Estonia and Finland have a clearly higher number of persons employed in their fleets operating in the Baltic Sea region, compared to the other countries. There is employment also in related sectors, such as fish and shellfish processing, but this is not covered in Figure 3.5. The spatial distribution of fish harvesting in the Baltic Sea is illustrated in Figure 3.6 by the spatial distribution of commercial landings of cod, herring and sprat.
Marine aquaculture is a sector involved in the cultivation of living resources in the marine environment. Economic impacts from aquaculture are presented only for Finland, Denmark and Sweden (STECF 2016b, Statistics Sweden 2017). There is one finfish and one shellfish farm in the German waters of the Baltic Sea, but the production volumes and other types of economic data are confidential, and thus there is information only on the location of the farms. For all the other countries, the production is assumed to be zero (and thus the turnover, gross value added and employment), based on the national production and sales data reported to the European Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). Shellfish aquaculture is not included in the figures. Of the Baltic Sea countries, Denmark, Germany and Sweden are involved in shellfish aquaculture, but it has a lower significance in the Baltic Sea than finfish aquaculture. For example, Denmark produces blue mussels in the Baltic Sea with an annual turnover of 1.3 million euros.
Marine finfish aquaculture had a total turnover of 79 million euros in 2014, divided mainly between Finland and Denmark (Figure 3.7). The whole value for Denmark, Finland and Sweden can be attributed to the Baltic Sea. In Denmark, marine production of rainbow trout and trout eggs in sea cage farms is the second most important type of aquaculture after land based production of trout. The Danish marine production of rainbow trout is located in the Baltic Sea along the southern cost of Jutland and a few production sites along the cost of Zealand. In Finland, marine aquaculture consists of rainbow trout production in cages.
Tourism and leisure
The coastal and marine tourism sector covers a wide range of sub-sectors including accommodation, food and drink, and leisure activities, such as boating and fishing. In many cases, it is difficult to separate the extent of the Baltic Sea tourism from tourism that is not dependent on the marine and coastal environment, as the activities are not limited only to those which take place in the sea, but also includes those at the coast. However, marine tourism and recreation are dependent on the state of the sea, which is not true for all tourism activities taking place along the coast.
The tourism sector is an important employer, providing employment to almost 180 000 people in the coastal areas (Eurostat defines coastal areas as ‘municipalities bordering the sea or having half of their territory within 10 km from the coastline’ (Eurostat 2016a, 2016b). However, all of this employment cannot be attributed to the Baltic Sea, as only a portion of tourism in coastal areas is dependent on the marine environment. Information about the economic importance of Baltic Sea recreation is presented in Box 3.3. The total recreational benefits of the Baltic Sea are around 15 billion euros annually.
Renewable energy generation
Offshore wind energy is a sub-sector of the renewable energy production sector which takes place in the sea. Offshore wind energy refers to the development and construction of wind farms in marine waters and the conversion of wind energy into electricity (EC 2013a). It is a new industry that is considered to have much growth potential.
For offshore wind energy, non-monetary figures are used to describe the sector as there are no other socio- economic indicators available. The number and capacity of existing offshore wind turbines show the current situation, while the offshore wind turbines approved or under construction illustrate future development (Figures 3.8 and 3.9). In addition to these, there are dozens of proposed windfarm areas for the Baltic Sea. For example, according to the data, there are no existing offshore wind turbines in Poland, but 40 have been proposed.
While the data have been accepted by the countries, the year the data originates from is not clear in all cases. This makes the numerals on the planned wind turbines rather uncertain.