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!

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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:, and the conference program:

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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.

Green islands in blue lagoons

This summer the Interreg South Baltic project LiveLagoons started and it aims at improving the water quality in eutrophicated lagoons by the use of innovative floating wetlands for nutrient removal.

On the 14th and 15th of September 2017 the project kick-off meeting was held in Gdansk, Poland. Rain showers did not prevent the project partners from Lithuania, Poland and Germany to carry out their first site excursion to the Bay of Puck. After an introduction and a walking tour with the major Hanna Pruchniewska, the LiveLagoons crew started taking first samples during the boat trip for water quality analyses. In spring 2018 the first “green islands” will be installed in Puck Bay. Emergent macrophytes such as sedges, reed or rushes are planted on floating mats and contribute in many ways to improving the quality of the water. The macrophyte islands are able to adsorb and remove nutrients from the water, attenuate waves and water flow, hence promote sedimentation and sediment stability, create diverse habitats for microbes, birds and insects and can be an aesthetic “eye-catcher” for residents and tourists in coastal regions.


The LiveLagoons project, which runs until summer 2020, is coordinated by the University of Klaipeda (Lithuania). Other project partners are EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany e.V., IBW PAN Institute Of Hydro-Engineering of the Polish Academy Of Sciences, the Municipality of Puck and the National Park Office of the Curonian Spit. The next project meeting will take place in Nida at the end of May 2018, where associated project partners such as the environment agencies or interested coastal communities are invited to explore two different types of floating macrophyte islands on site.


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Duration: 2017 August 1 – 2020 July 31

Funded by: Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020

Photo exhibition “Me and my Baltic Coast” in Estonia

After stops in Helsinki, Klaipeda, Vilnius and Riga, the BONUS BaltCoast photo exhibition “Me and my Baltic Coast” will be shown at the Tallinn University, Estonia until mid November.

The touring photo exhibition “Me and my Baltic Coast” is showing pictures of the same-named photo competition which was organised in the framework of the project BONUS BaltCoast to display the multifaceted life around the Baltic Coast and to capture the typical as well as unique moments while living on and with the Baltic Sea.
349 pictures from Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were submitted to the photo competition. An international jury and facebook users selected the 20 best pictures for the photo exhibition which is touring through the Baltic Sea Region since May.

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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.

2nd BONUS BaltCoast stakeholder workshop in Germany

On 6th September BONUS BaltCoast organized the second German stakeholder workshop in the youth hostel Ueckermuende.

Together with representatives from authorities, fisheries, nature conservation and tourism sector scenarios of water quality improvement were discussed.


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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.

The new “Meer & Küste” magazine is now available

The “Meer & Küste” (Sea & Coast) magazine informing interested tourists, coastal residents and professionals about coastal angling, sustainable tourism and climate change has been published by The Coastal Union Germany (EUCC-D).


The new “Meer & Küste” (Sea & Coast) magazine has been published by The Coastal Union Germany (EUCC-D). With this informational magazine the EUCC-D seeks to inform the wide public about the current condition, problems, possible solutions and developments regarding the Baltic Sea and its coasts. The magazine addresses tourists, coastal residents, those interested in our coasts and coastal professionals.

The current issue deals mainly with sustainability in terms of tourism and recreational fishing. The articles written by experts from practice and science are e.g. about the potential of a sustainable angling tourism within the Baltic Sea Region, the cod quota for recreational fishermen, catch & release, angling camps for children and adolescents, climate change impacts on fish stocks, river re-naturalization and stocking measures. Furthermore some articles focus on nature conservation efforts, sustainable tourism in general and adaptive strategies concerning climate change impacts on coastal communities, to reach a broad readership by varied and interesting topics.

The “Meer & Küste” magazine is an important part of the German stakeholder information about sustainable coastal angling and the realization was financially supported by the CATCH project. It has a circulation of 35.000 copies and is freely available in angling shops, tourist information centers, environmental education groups, scientific institutions and civil offices along the German Baltic coast.

The recent magazine and all previous issues are also directly available on our EUCC-D webpage.


Within the project CATCH (Coastal Angling Tourism – a development chance for the South Baltic Region) a cross-border concept for a sustainable coastal angling tourism will be developed. In this regard CATCH will analyze the supply and demand structures of coastal angling tourism at the Baltic Sea, identify examples of successful angling tourism concepts and combine them with future development goals. On this basis, together with coastal stakeholders concepts for sustainable coastal angling tourism will be evolved, taking into account social, economic and ecological aspects. Information on relevant products, angling spots and stakeholders will be bundled and marketed on a multilingual online platform.

Project Partners: University of Rostock (DE), EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany (DE), Municipality of Vordingborg (DK), Green Federation “GAJA” (PL), Klaipeda University (LT), Nida Culture and Tourism Information Centre “Agila” (LT) and further associated partners in Lithuania, Poland, Denmark and Germany

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Duration: 2016-2019

Funded by EU Interreg A South Baltic Programme 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund – EFRE