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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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Cod Game selected for the film festival "Pêcheurs du Monde"

The Cod Game by Folke Rydén, have been selected for the 4th edition of the International Film Festival ”Pêcheurs du Monde” (Fishermen of the world), in the category "films en competition".


New report: Ecological effects of ghost net retrieval in the Baltic Sea

As much as six tonnes of ghost nets were taken from the Baltic Sea during the pilot project conducted by WWF Poland in cooperation with fishermen. Lost or abandoned nets is a real threat to fish, birds and marine mammals as they retain up to 20 percent of their fishing capacity. The number of ghost nets lying on the seabed is considered to be a thousand.


New report: The Baltic Sea – a model for regional fisheries management

The Commission proposal for a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) includes measures as regards regionalization, however without explicitly encouraging member states to cooperate in a region. Axel Wenblad, former Director General of the Swedish Board of Fisheries, has in the report "The Baltic Sea - a model for Regional Fisheries Management" developed a model for how to implement a regional management of fisheries in the Baltic region.


BalticSea2020 has partnered with the Baltic Sea Action Plan Trust Fund

BSAP Trust Fund and BalticSea2020 have taken a first step towards concrete actions in Poland. BalticSea2020 started in 2010 a 10-year program aimed at reducing nutrient leaching from intensive livestock production to the Baltic Sea.  The program has identified a number of manure management technologies which, if used correctly, can capture and recirculate nutrients and thereby reduce leakage into water. The intention is to launch a full scale demonstration plant for the production of biogas from pig manure in Poland. The cooperation with the BSAP Trust Fund allows an evaluation of development prospects.


Baltic Sea Foundations met in Mariehamn to discuss cooperation

On the 23rd September four foundations from Finland, Sweden and Åland, met in Mariehamn to discuss enhanced cooperation. All foundations are deeply involved in issues concerning the Baltic Sea environment such as eutrophication, fishing, shipping and advocacy. Host and initiator of the meeting was MEP Carl Haglund and Anders Wiklöf from the Baltic Sea Fund.


Dead zones are spreading in coastal areas of the Baltic Sea

For the first time, the oxygen situation in the whole Baltic Sea coast area was mapped. An international team of scientists report that oxygen has decreased in coastal areas of the Baltic Sea creating dead zones with a lack of oxygen.


Financial support granted to take the Fish Fight campaign into Continental Europe

Baltic Sea 2020, The Oak Foundation and the Waterloo Foundation have agreed to fund the roll-out of the Fish Fight campaign into mainland Europe, especially targeting Germany, France, Spain and Poland.


New report: Best Available Technologies for Pig Manure Biogas Plants in the Baltic Sea Region

This report aims to identify and describe the best available technologies to digest pig manure, and recirculate the digestate to the agricultural production. Both biogas technologies, pre- and post- treatment and also technologies for storing and spreading of digestate have been analyzed.


New report about Phoshorus-indices

The Phosphorus-index has been identified within the Intensive Pig Production Program as a cost effective tool to reduce the risk for phosphor losses from fields. Different P-indices (or similar models) have been developed in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Germany, but so far the practical use of P-indices is very low.


Baltic Sea 2020 granted funds to pick up ghost nets

WWF Poland will, with funding from Baltic Sea 2020, locate and pick up lost or abandoned fishing gear. Fishing gear that has been left at sea is an unresolved and "silent" problem. The gear continues to catch fish, birds and marine mammals for many years at the sea bed which leads to degradation of the marine environment.