Klaipėda University (KU) has a multidisciplinary experience and capacity in a spectrum of different activities including environmental research and technology, ecosystem management, environmental monitoring programmes and impacts assessment, spatial planning, integrated coastal zone management and preparation of nature management plans. KU is one of the main key actors in the development of Lithuanian Baltic Sea coastal region and represented at the governmental level as one of the main stakeholders in Lithuanian commercial and recreational fishery sector development process. It also has established network with the major stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region including local municipalities and administrations of nature protected territories. KU`s project teams consist of experienced scientists in fields of ecology and environmental management, while personal skills cover topics from general ecology, zoology, spatial planning, environmental monitoring and other. The university scientists implement international and national RTD projects in the field of coastal & lagoon research, spatial planning and small-scale fishery management in coastal areas.
The main role of Klaipeda University in the CATCH project is to share the experience in recreational fishery management and tourism development in the coastal areas. Klaipeda University is interested in pilot studies in the area of recreational fishery and tourism development to improve the experience of conflict management within the industry by identifying the gaps and problems in recreational fishery and tourism development in coastal waters, the impact of recreational fishery to local and migratory fish resources and biodiversity at all.