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The foundation´s work during 2017 and what will happen in the year to come

Time goes fast when you have fun, and we agree! 2017 is over, an exciting year that largely focused on the vulnerable situation of the Baltic Sea cod.


Proposal from European Parliament risks marine ecosystems and fish stocks

On the 16th of January 2018 the European Parliament voted on a proposal to merge and simplify a set of rules within current fisheries legislation. The organization Seas At Risk says that despite that the legislation´s aim is to reduce the impacts of fisheries on the marine environment, the proposal adopted only weakens existing legislation that served to protect the seas in Europe.


Fisheries Brief No. 1: How big is the fishing industry?

The Fisheries Brief is shorter documents that highlights questions related to the Baltic Sea fisheries.


DN reports on the building of the Baltic Sea Science Center at Skansen

In 2011 Skansen told BalticSea2020 about the idea of building a house where Skansen visitors have the opportunity to discover the Baltic Sea and its unique ecosystems. The building of the Baltic Sea Science Center started in fall 2016 and will be open to the public next year.


The Living Coast project has been nominated for the Baltic Sea Fund Prize 2018

It is a great pleasure to tell you that Baltic Sea 2020's large-scale restoration project "Living Coast" has been nominated for the Baltic Sea Fund Prize! The project started in 2010 under the leadership of Doc Linda Kumblad and Doc Emil Rydin. “Living coast” is being carried out in the Björnö bay, an archipelago bay that, before the project started, could be compared to a "Baltic Sea in miniature".


New report exposes high discards of cod in the Baltic Sea

A report was recently published by the organization Our Fish, which shows that fishermen in the Baltic Sea throw millions of cod in the sea annually, even though this is forbidden in the EU. The control and enforcement of the discard ban is almost nonexistent in the Baltic Sea.


Scientists: The eider disappears due to thiamine deficiency

There is a direct link between thiamine deficiency and the eider decline in Sweden, scientists at National veterinary Institute (SVA) and Stockholm University, announce in a press release today. The results have been published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.


Historical changes in length of the Baltic cod

Researchers Henrik Svedäng and Sara Hornborg investigate in an article why the Baltic Sea almost completely lacks larger cod. They compare the Baltic cod stock with Öresund where there are cod in all sizes. One explanation may be that in Öresund, trawling has been forbidden since the 1930s. The Baltic cod stock, on the other hand, is exposed to a heavy fishing pressure with bottom trawling that focuses on the larger cods.


The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management will investigate the effects of bottom trawling

The Swedish government instructs The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) to propose fisheries regulations in protected areas, the government writes in a press release last week (June 8, 2017). SwAM will also investigate the effects of bottom trawling on protecting areas and within the trawl boundary and if necessary, propose measures if necessary.


The crisis for the cod in the Baltic Sea continues

Each year, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) recommends sustainable fishing quotas to the EU Commission and the Fisheries Ministers. Before 2018, ICES proposes that quotas should be reduced by a third in the eastern stock and more than half in the west.


BalticSea2020 in "Svenska Dagbladet": The cod of the Baltic is about to disappear

In December last year, we wrote a debate article on the serious situation of the cod in the Baltic Sea, published in the Swedish news paper "Dagens Nyheter". The cod stock is in crisis, as well as the policy managing it. This spring, the debate about trawling continues. 


The Living Coast project has contributed towards a healthier Björnö Bay

One of the Foundation's largest demonstration projects "Living Coast" has been published in the highly rated scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology

During the summers of 2012 and 2013, the BalticSea2020 Foundation carried out an aluminium treatment project on the anoxic bottoms of Björnö Bay. The purpose was to help the bay’s sediment regain the ability to bind phosphorus. After the treatment, the Björnö Bay has achieved the same water quality it had in the 1950s. 


Important decision on trawl ban at the Social Democrat Congress

The S-Congress has decided to introduce a total ban on bottom trawling in Sweden. The decision is entirely in line with the BalticSea2020's comprehension and ongoing work to save the Baltic Sea's genetically unique cod stock and support the small-scale coastal fishery. 


Chronicle: Does Sweden dare to take the first step?

On Monday, in conjunction with the Baltic Sea Future Congress, Mediaplanet's newspaper "Rädda Östersjön" (Save the Baltic Sea) appeared in the Swedish news paper "Svenska Dagbladet". BalticSea2020 director Conrad Stralka has written the newspaper's chronicle about the Baltic Sea cod, based on the Foundation's debate article, published in Dagens Nyheter on December 24, 2016.


BalticSea2020 at the Baltic Sea Future Congress

BalticSea2020 are delighted to participate in the Baltic Sea Future Congress at Stockholm International Fairs in Stockholm on 6-7 March. Baltic Sea Future is a multidisciplinary congress initiated by the City of Stockholm, Stockholm University and the Sustainable Seas Foundation. With the help of scientists and good examples from the municipalities and companies the aim is to give municipalities greater knowledge, motivation and tools in efforts for a healthier Baltic Sea and achieve the EU's Baltic Sea Strategy and Agenda 2030, with the 17 sustainability goals adopted globally.


Cod project in Danish newspaper

February 18 the Danish newspaper "Fiskeri Tidende" highlighted the project TABACOD (Tagging Baltic Cod), an international project that will examine the growth of eastern Baltic Sea cod. The work is conducted under the management of DTU Aqua (Karin Hüssy) and in partnership with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Thünen Institute in Rostock (TI-OSF) and the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Gdynia (NMFRI). Researchers have since last June marked 4,500 cod in order to find out the age, growth and migration patterns - important information to investigate the prognosis of the cod stock.  


New project investigates the growth of cod and flatfish in the Baltic Sea

For a long time, fishermen in the Baltic Sea have been affected by negative developments in the Sea. In recent times, both the growth and the condition of cod have deteriorated. What are the risks of diminishing fish growth and how have the growthpatterns of various fish species looked like over time?


New project maps nutrients from shipping

BalticSea2020 has entered a collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology. To achieve an effective reduction of nutrients from ships, the project "Mapping of nutrition from shipping to the Baltic Sea" will identify and describe the major sources from shipping. The goal is to compile existing data on nutrient loads in various water emissions from shipping (black water, grey water, scrubbing discharges, food waste and NOx, i.e. mono-nitrogen oxide emissions). The project is funded by Thurséus forskarhem.


BalticSea2020 in "Dagens Nyheter": Is Santa able to save the cod in the Baltic Sea?

BalticSea2020 has written a debate article on the cod situation in the Baltic Sea. The article was published in the Swedish news paper "Dagens Nyheter" 24 December 2016 and tells about the very big challenges facing the cod stock in the Baltic Sea, but we also suggest what needs to be done if we are to have cod in the future. We must act now. Read the full article here (in Swedish).


Professor Lennart Balk published in Scientific Reports

Lack of thiamine (vitamin B1) among wild animals is a much more common problem than previously known. It shows a new comprehensive scientific report by researchers from 5 countries and 13 universities and other research institutions in Europe and North America, coordinated by Professor Lennart Balk at Stockholm University. The results were published yesterday in the scientific journal Scientific Reports, Stockholm University writes in a press release.