Stakeholder workshop in Germany: How to improve the licensing process for mussel farms?

As part of the Baltic Blue Growth project, a stakeholder workshop focusing on the new draft for the mussel farming license guideline took place in Eckernförde, Germany, on the 26th of April 2018. The aim of the workshop was to examine how to optimize the licensing process for a mussel farm. Improving the effectiveness of legal rules and state regulations is a prerequisite for improving the mussel farming potential of the aquaculture sector. Representative of all involved state authorities of Schleswig-Holstein discussed how the permit process can be simplified and how to ensure the best possible cooperation between the licensing authorities.

On the basis of an imaginary mussel farm, the participants discussed the previous approval process and debated whether there is room for improvement. On the one hand, it is not possible to simplify or shorten the procedure without undermining the regulatory goals. On the other hand, everyone agreed that efficient cooperation between the various authorities plays an important role. An advantage in any case is the early involvement of the responsible authorities. An option to improve the permit procedure could be the set up of an online platform with all the relevant documents and information that would make the internal exchange of information between authorities and companies more transparent. The results of the workshop will be incorporated in the finalization of the approval guideline, which will be published as part of the BBG project.

More information: https://www.submariner-network.eu/projects/balticbluegrowth

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MORPHEUS project meeting in Essen, Germany

From 16th to 18th of April 2018, the MORPHEUS project partners met in Essen, Germany. At the meeting, the partners exchanged views on the current state of project activities and discussed initial results.

Water samples from local sewage treatment plants as well as in rivers in Sweden, Germany, Poland and Lithuania were analyzed for selected pharmaceuticals in order to estimate the concentration of trace substances in the southern Baltic Sea region. These results, in combination with data on regional prescriptions and sales volumes of drugs, should serve to understand the specific pathways and quantities of pharmaceutical trace substances and to derive appropriate measures for their reduction. This information together with an assessments of available micropollutant retention technologies will assist operators ofsewage treatment plants and state authorities with regard to future implementations of appropriate purification technologies.

As part of the project meeting, the participants visited sewage treatment plants in Dülmen and Bad Sassendorf and learned more about the use of activated carbon powder or ozone as the fourth purification stage.

More information: www.morpheus-project.eu

Partner meeting BONUS OPTIMUS

Partners from the BONUS OPTIMUS project attended a project meeting the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde from the 10th – 12th of April, presenting their newest results on mussel farming to combat eutrophication in the Baltic Sea.

The focus was this time on case studies from Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Besides results on growth performances, filtering capacity or the utilization of mussels, participants discussed how suitable site selection criteria for mussel farming can be established. An essential point is that local habitants as well as tourists need to accept and endorse mussel farms in their regions. To investigate this aspect further, EUCC-D in cooperation with Aarhus University (Denmark) will carry out a survey at the Hagensche Wiek (Rügen Island) where the German mussel farm was installed in 2017.

In addition to the scientific exchange, the project meetings served as a discussion opportunity with experts from regional, national and international ministries, state authorities and research institutions.

More information: www.bonus-optimus.eu

 

 

Successful project completion of BONUS BaltCoast

The three-year research project BONUS BaltCoast successfully finished with a workshop at the “European Coastal Lagoons Symposium” in Athens on the 20th of March 2018. At the workshop the main project results were presented and with the audience it was discussed how future coastal management can look like, what kind of cooperation is necessary and which research questions have remained open so far.All case studies, from bathing water quality in Lithuania, mussel cultivation in Germany to fisheries management in Denmark, used the System Approach Framework (SAF).

All project results can be found at www.baltcoast.net.

Bye Bye Athens – 8th European Lagoon Symposium

What an exciting week at the 8th European Lagoon Symposium in Athens for the LiveLagoons and BaltCoast projects – with lectures on biodiversity, water quality, ecosystem services, fisheries and aquaculture. Poster sessions in combination with the art exhibition “Lagoons: those vulnerable entities” and participative mapping enabled the scientists to continue their discussions interactively. The highlight was certainly the excursion to the Schinias Marathon National Park. Many thanks to the organizers – 8th EUROLAG Symposium! See you in Venice 2020 for the 9th EUROLAG!

The BONUS BaltCoast film is now available!

Spectacular landscape footage and glimpses into international conferences and events are combined with coastal expert interviews to illustrate how the Systems Approach Framework (SAF) can be applied to find sustainable solutions for integrated coastal zone management. In the past stakeholders were often not involved in decision-making. It’s time to change that! A holistic approach needs to be applied that integrates all relevant ecosystem services and all stakeholders (including also local resource users such as traditional fishermen). Prof. Gerald Schernewski points out that practitioners are the key as they are the ones knowing the problems best and also have to implement the solutions. The SAF helps to increase the speed of identification of a problem to its solution.

The project BONUS BaltCoast aimed at finding the right balance between human needs and environmental protection. Environmental, social as well as economic aspects have to be considered and cost-benefits analysis was an important part of the case studies. For example in the Vistula lagoon the expansion of water tourism is extremely important for the economic development of the region. However, marina enlargements or new shipping channels for tourism purposes raise new questions: Where is dredging needed? How much does it cost? What to do with the dredged material?  Modeling, as part of the five-step SAF, helps to understand the effects of dredging under different scenarios. But a case study does not stand solely but is always seen in context to other Baltic coastal areas. A comparison was for example made with the Szczecin lagoon and how coastal authorities deal there with dredged material.

The film circulates also around the questions: How can stakeholders use scientific data? How can scientists translate their findings into a language everyone can understand – from local people to local authorities? The BaltCoast film concludes with impressions of the two international summer schools that were held during these exciting past years and lets young students have the final say….the next generation has to take the lead!

More information about the project: http://www.baltcoast.net/

Take a look: https://youtu.be/V5D-7BlJX9w

 

 

 

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BONUS BALTCOAST project has received funding from BONUS (Art 185), funded jointly by the EU and Baltic Sea national funding institutions.

BONUS BaltCoast with future-oriented workshop in Athens

As part of this year’s European Coastal Lagoons Symposium, from 20.-23. March 2018 in Athens, numerous results from the project BONUS BaltCoast will be presented and a future-oriented workshop will be held. All case studies, from bathing water quality in Lithuania, mussel cultivation in Germany to fisheries management in Denmark, used the System Approach Framework (SAF), which is the core of the three-year research project that is now coming to an end.

Furthermore a public workshop will discuss how future coastal management can look like, what kind of cooperation is necessary and which research questions have remained open so far. In addition to debating future financing options, it will also be discussed how the tools developed in the BONUS BaltCoast project can be implemented in future coastal management.

The workshop will take place on the 20th of March 2018, 5-7 pm and will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Gerald Schernewski.

More information about the workshop: http://eurolag8.org/index.php/the-conference/workshops, and the conference program: http://eurolag8.org/images/EUROLAG8_programme_20_2_2018.pdf

More information about the project: www.baltcoast.net

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BONUS BALTCOAST project has received funding from BONUS (Art 185), funded jointly by the EU and Baltic Sea national funding institutions.