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2013-03-27

Fishermen and scientists collaborate in a unique project for the development of the Baltic cod

The stocks of cod in the southern Baltic Sea are approaching the levels seen in the 1980s, partly because of successful spawning, reduced illegal fishing and a more efficient management. But still, the individual size of the cod is relatively small. With support from BalticSea2020 the Sweden Cod Fishermen's Producer Organisation (STPO), in collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Marine Research (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), will develop sustainable cod fishing in the Baltic Sea to improve the average size of the cod.

2013-02-21

135 kilometres of dangerous fishing nets collected in the Baltic Sea

22 thousand kilograms of lost fishing nets remaining in the Baltic were collected in 2012 by Polish and Lithuanian fishermen in the framework of a joint project led by WWF Poland, and carried out in co-operation with the Lithuanian Fund for Nature and the Baltic Sea 2020 Foundation. Its total length amounted to approximately 135 kilometres – a distance equal to the distance form Warsaw to Łódż!

2013-02-20

100 million for a healthier Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea Centre formed a strategic partnership with BalticSea2020 in February. The foundation decided to allocate 100 million SEK to further develop the Centre and make sure useful knowledge is forwarded to the right place in society.

2013-01-31

The BalticSea2020 founder Mr Björn Carlson writes about fisheries policy in the online magasine EurActiv

Ahead of the European Parliament next voting in February, the Foundation's founder and chairman Björn Carlson writes about the importance of improving the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), in the online magazine Euractiv.de. Björn Carlson says among others that the reform is urgent. Commission figures are alarming: 62% of Atlantic stocks and 82% of Mediterranean stocks are overfished while member states of the European Union have authorized catch levels 40% higher than the average scientific recommendations over the last ten years. In addition, each year 1.7 million tons of fish are thrown back dead into the sea, equivalent to one quarter of perfectly edible fish caught in the EU; a situation that seems absurd as the EU imports more than half of the fish it consumes.

2013-01-24

Follow up to the prize-winning film, “Ghosts in the Baltic”

Ghost nets are a global problem that occurs in all oceans, lakes and waterways that are fished. They are discarded fishing gear that continues to catch fish for decades, affecting the size of the fish population, causing suffering to wildlife and unforgivable destruction of our common natural resources. The first documentary “Ghosts in the Baltic” was produced by Joakim Odelberg in 2010/2011, with funding from BalticSea2020, to draw attention to the problem of discarded fishing equipment – ghost nets. It was filmed in the seas around Sweden, Poland and Lithuania, using material from above and below the surface. A follow-up is now being made.

2012-12-06

BalticSea2020 selected member of BS RAC

BalticSea2020 have been selected as a member of Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council (BS RAC), General Assembly. The main purpose of BS RAC is to advice the European Commission and member states on issues related to the fishery management in the Baltic Sea. Also the European Parliament referrals proposals for new laws to the BS RAC, with the intention of getting the members' opinion on them. The members of BS RAC are fisheries organizations and stakeholders. For more information on the BS RAC - click here.

2012-12-05

Award for an innovative manure management technology - SyreN

The EU project Baltic Manure has been distributed the 2012 Baltic Manure Handling Award to an innovative manure management technology called SyreN, November 29th 2012. This technology benefits both the environment and the agriculture production because it transforms the form of ammonia that’s emitted to air and makes it available for the growing crops. Morten Toft, CEO of the Danish agricultural technology company Biocover, is behind the technology and has received numerous awards for SyreN. This award was handed out at Agro Business Park Stand at Agromek Fair in Herning, Denmark. Morten Toft says, among other things, that this is a story about a little stubborn idea in the mind of a Dane, who, after much work and serious studies became a great vision for the future of agriculture.

2012-12-03

Good cultivation techniques for good water-quality

2012 November 30, The Swedish website "Greppa Näringen" (www.greppa.nu) and Mr. Markus Hoffman wrote about a German scientist who had evaluate how nitrogen and phosphorus loss can be reduced, if farmers begin to use the best available technologies ("best management practice" (BMP)). Four measures were estimated, among others an action plan for plant nutriment.

2012-10-19

Pay increase for fishermen if EU voting for a sustainable fisheries

Enabling fish stocks to return to healthy and sustainable levels will result in an increase in landings, profit and income for the fisheries sector and fishermen, according to WWF in a press release launched this week. The press release is based on a new independent study - Socio-Economic Benefits of a Bold EU Fisheries Reform, and is carried out by Framian BV and commissioned by WWF. The study is the first to examine the potential social and economic benefits of the fisheries sector from a purely EU perspective, providing strong arguments for an ambitious reform of Europe’s fisheries. Read the WWF press release here. The study supports our approach within the project CFP reform program. Read more about the project here.

2012-08-24

BalticSea2020 is funding two new projects to reduce eutrophication in the coastal bays of the Baltic Sea

To find alternative ways of reducing eutrophication in coastal bays, BalticSea2020 is launching two projects. “Permanent binding of phosphorus in the bottom sediments of the Baltic Sea” is being carried out at Stockholm University under the direction of associate professor Sven Blomqvist. At the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), “Reactive sorbents for fixing of phosphorus in Baltic Sea bottoms” is being carried out under the direction of Professor Gunno Renman.

2012-08-30

BalticSea2020 takes first steps in the Living Coast project to reduce the effects of eutrophication in Björnöfjärden

The BalticSea2020 Living Coast project aims to demonstrate that exposed bay systems can be restored to improve water quality, reduce growth of filamentous algae and regain anoxic bottoms and a natural fish community in a coastal area that is limited but representative of the Baltic Sea. In the Björnöfjärden bay system on the island of Ingarö (Värmdö municipality), the project will put in place various measures to solve problems caused by eutrophication. The project has now begun the first action in the bay: aluminium treatment to bind phosphorus in the bottom sediments.

2012-10-10

New study into what BalticSea2020’s Living Coasts project means to the community

BalticSea2020 has initiated a new study as part of the Living Coasts programme. The study, “Measures for living coasts – how does the community benefit?”, investigates the social benefits and consequences of the Living Coasts project for people, stakeholders and society as a whole. The study is led by docent Tore Söderqvist from Enveco Miljöekonomi AB.

2012-06-19

The EU-project Baltic Deal promotes brochure and movie about good agricultural practices around the Baltic Sea

June 13 2012 Baltic Deal promoted – Putting best agricultural practices into work – two deliveries about the best agricultural practices around the Baltic Sea. BalticSea2020 have the honor to mediate their information on our website. 

2012-07-03

WWF together with Baltic Sea 2020 will retrieve ghost nets


On the 2 July 5 fishing cutters (5 Polish and 1 Lithuanian) will begin the actions aimed at searching and retrieving ghost nets from the Baltic. These nets, lost or abandoned by fishermen, are killing fish and threatening the marine ecosystem. Actions will be carried out by WWF Poland in co-operation with the Lithuanian Fund for Nature and Baltic Sea 2020.

2012-05-08

Mussel farming to counter eutrophication in the Baltic – an environmental measure in need of further development

September 2009 saw the launch of the Environmental Mussels project, led by Odd Lindahl from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and funded by BalticSea2020. The aim of the project was to make mussel farming a cost-effective environmental measure to improve coastal water quality in the Baltic. However, the results show that mussel farming in the Baltic is associated with high costs and technical difficulties that have yet to be resolved.

2012-05-02

BalticSea2020 supports campaign highlighting marine waste and environmental issues

The Baltic Sea Waste Campaign (BSWC) has been launched with support from BalticSea2020 and the Nordic Council of Ministers to raise awareness of marine waste and environmental issues. The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation will serve as project manager and market the campaign, while Folke Rydén Production (FRP) is producing video and multimedia materials. Together they will take a roadshow to ten locations around the Baltic Sea with the aim of informing and engaging politicians, media and the general public on the precarious state of our inland sea.

2012-03-21

Voices from the Baltic Sea talk about the future of the CFP regulation

Click here to see our interviews with people from several Baltic Sea countries and hear their opinions about the CFP Reform.
As a result of the ongoing renegotiation of a new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), BalticSea2020 have interviewed people from the commercial Baltic fisheries to hear their views on the European fisheries management.

2011-11-18

The role of agricultural ditches in eutrophication of the Baltic Sea

We do not know enough about the role of agricultural ditches in eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. This is shown by a collation of knowledge* from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and BalticSea2020.

2012-03-16

Living coast: Notification of 12:6 consultation to the county administrative board

On February 9, 2012 BalticSea2020 organized a 12:6 consultation regarding initiatives within the project Living coastal zone. The consultation was organized ahead of the first measure in Björnöfjärden in Värmdö, but also to inform landowners and other interested parties on the planned environmental protection measures in Björnöfjärden. After the consultation a notification was sent to the county administrative board for consideration. On the basis of the notification, the county administrative board will make a decision with instructions on whether the measure may be implemented or not.

2011-12-22

Reduction of phosphorus in detergents

The European Parliament confirmed last week the agreement of the limitation of phosphorus in detergents and dishwasher detergents within EU.