, Volume 780, Issue 1, pp 125–134 | Cite as

The potential ecologically sustainable yield of vendace (Coregonus albula) from large Finnish lakes

  • Timo J. MarjomäkiEmail author
  • Tapio Keskinen
  • Juha Karjalainen


Vendace, Coregonus albula (L.), is the main target for commercial fishing in Finnish lakes but is notorious for its strong and unpredictable stock fluctuations. The new Fishing Act in Finland stipulates that fisheries must be managed in an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable manner based on the best available knowledge. We estimated the potential ecologically sustainable yield (ESY) for the Finnish commercial inland vendace fisheries using the available information for the biological variables affecting vendace production, and including the effect of the uncertainty and natural variability of the key variables on the accuracy and precision of our estimate. Our estimate of potential ESY with 50% likelihood is 8–13 M kg a−1. The high uncertainty in the estimate stems firstly from the fact that estimating the potential requires extrapolation of parameter values from historical time series that have not covered this potential stage of exploitation and secondly from our limited knowledge regarding the probability and duration of the long-term recession periods (i.e. several sequential very sparse year classes) typical of vendace populations. As increasing yield will require increased fishing effort, intensifying the exploitation of the vendace stocks must be accompanied by adaptive fisheries management, a well-functioning management cycle and development of management institutions promoting stakeholder participation.


Adaptive management Ecosystem service Precaution Risk Social Sustainability 



Professor Roger Jones has kindly checked the language.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timo J. Marjomäki
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tapio Keskinen
    • 2
  • Juha Karjalainen
    • 1
  1. 1.Biological and Environmental ScienceUniversity of JyväskyläUniversity of JyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Natural Resource Institute FinlandJyväskyläFinland

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