Björkvik is interested in marine resource management, particularly in the relationship between fishing practices, societal and ecological contexts and fishers’ local ecological knowledge.
In her research, Björkvik combines quantitative methods with qualitative in order to better understand the long-term development of Swedish coastal fisheries in the Baltic Sea and the potential of fishers’ local ecological knowledge in sustainable management of marine resources.
Before Björkvik started as a PhD student at the SRC, she worked as a research assistant at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She has a MSc in Sustainability Science from Stockholm University and a BSc in biology from Gothenburg University.
Research news | 2019-10-16
How long will areas inaccessible to global fish industry remain refuges for small-scale fisheries?
Research news | 2017-12-18
The dismissal of growth in the fisheries sector in the Global North is premature
Research news | 2016-12-09
New study looks at commitment to fisheries regulations and why it is a matter of quality rather than quantity
2019 - Journal / article
In this article we investigate small-scale fisheries—its characteristics and values—by considering the type of aquatic and marine environments in the Global North and South that they exploit and change. We use the literature on (small-scale) fisheries and our own studies to argue that the aquatic and marine environments where small-scale fishers currently operate are shrinking under the pressures from a globalizing and urbaniz...
2017 - Journal / article
Blue Growth is a relatively new term that is meant to realize economic growth based on the exploitation of marine resources, while at the same time preventing their degradation, overuse, and pollution. This article discusses the relevance and usefulness of this new concept for the development of capture fisheries, a sector where growth largely seems impossible without ecological devastation. An analytical distinction between i...
2016 - Journal / article
A substantial amount of scientific effort goes into understanding and measuring compliance in fisheries. Understanding why, how and when fishers follow or violate rules is crucial for designing effective fishery policies that can halt overfishing. Non-compliance was initially explained almost exclusively with reference to economic and self-interested motivations. More recently, however, most explanations involve a combination ...
2015 - Journal / article
Predicting growth is critical in aquaculture, but models of growth are largely missing for mud crab species. Here, we present the first model of natural growth in juvenile and adult mud crabs Scylla serrata from East Africa using a stepwise growth function based on data on intermoult periods and growth at moult from field mark-recapture, pond and laboratory studies. The results showed a sigmoid growth pattern in carapace wid...