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Marine Spatial Planning is calling: Europe will be ready for 2021

Marine Spatial Planning is calling: Europe will be ready for 2021

Just imagine yourself gazing out at the sea. You may enjoy the view of the landscape, picture a sustainable fishing industry, dream with the potential of marine biotechnology or foresee a prosperous seabed mining industry. The uses of the marine space seem as endless as the ocean view, and have been boosted by technological developments. Therefore, we need to ask ourselves how to satisfy needs and interests and how to achieve a balance between the … Read entire article »

EMODnet Human Activities behind the scenes: find out what’s next!

EMODnet Human Activities behind the scenes: find out what’s next!

With the beginning of the second year of the new phase, the EMODnet Human Activities team took the opportunity to organise a partner meeting, so as to take stock of the progress made so far and plan the work ahead. When a project is called “The European Marine Observation and Data Network”, you don’t have many options, the meeting’s got to … Read entire article »

Who watches over our limited small pelagics resources? EMODnet knows!

Who watches over our limited small pelagics resources? EMODnet knows!

Early in the 20th century, fish were plentiful and cheap, but were not managed in a way that would preserve stocks for future generations. Industrial fishing has made fish more scarce, smaller in size, and as a result, what was once easily and cheaply available, has today become more expensive. High prices and the potential disappearance of profitable industrial fisheries … Read entire article »

Fishing for data – EMODnet and the oldest maritime activity

Fishing for data – EMODnet and the oldest maritime activity

Together with shipping, fishing is probably the maritime activity par excellence. There is evidence that humans have been harvesting food from the sea since the times of hunters-gatherers, who soon learned to also produce pots for cooking the fish they caught. Things have evolved since then, and whether carried out by large trawlers or small vessels, fishing is now a professional … Read entire article »

Wild is the Wind: Who is stepping up for offshore wind farms?

Wild is the Wind: Who is stepping up for offshore wind farms?

The use of sea-based wind power is proving to be a smart strategy for the European energy policy. It not only reduces greenhouse emissions and strengthen the security of supply, but also generates local employment and provides local cohesion. Therefore, next time you see one of those impressive wind turbines at sea, remember: the turn of the blades is improving … Read entire article »

The importance of unified co-management of cross-boundary fisheries

The importance of unified co-management of cross-boundary fisheries

Fish are incorrigible disrespecters of invisible boundaries, national and otherwise. In Europe there are few if any marine fisheries with stocks that do not overlap or seasonally cross any national maritime boundaries. As a result, fisheries in the Baltic, North, Mediterranean and other seas are all best managed not by individual nations but by international bodies. An example is the Baltic … Read entire article »

Links between dredge spoil dumping and the marine environment

Links between dredge spoil dumping and the marine environment

Dredge spoil refers to unconsolidated, randomly mixed sediments composed of rock, soil, or shell materials extracted and deposited during dredging and dumping activities.  Dredge spoils lie unconformably upon natural, undisturbed soil and can form anthropogenic landforms – dredge spoil bank. Significant amounts of spoil are created by the dredging for navigation, and to create new or enlarge existing channel, port, marina … Read entire article »

And then there were pipelines

And then there were pipelines

A pipeline is a series of connected pipes that are used to carry fluids such as oil, gas, water, or sewage. They are used for transport on land, but they can also be laid on the seabed. In the latter case the infrastructure can be referred to as an offshore, marine, submarine or subsea pipeline. As is often the case with … Read entire article »

Marine aquaculture zoning and site selection, contribution of GIS-based tools

Marine aquaculture zoning and site selection, contribution of GIS-based tools

A key obstacle in the development of EU marine aquaculture is the overall low availability or low accessibility of suitable areas in coastal areas.  The creation of new aquaculture sites often faces sea-space use conflicts and/or opposition from coastal inhabitants and policy-makers (not in my backyard, not in my term of office). A recent survey conducted by FAO and the World … Read entire article »

Marine aggregate extraction data to support new 2018 MSFD reporting phase

Marine aggregate extraction data to support new 2018 MSFD reporting phase

A better understanding of the relationships between human pressures and ecosystems is one of the main challenges for marine waters quality assessment. Realising this is dependent upon the availability of reliable, complete, harmonized and, ideally, free data on marine and maritime human activities. These data are essential for effectively managing our seas and oceans in a way that achieves good … Read entire article »