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EMODnet and Extraction Activities: Feedback Opportunities

EMODnet and Extraction Activities: Feedback Opportunities

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is the first piece of EU legislation specifically aimed at the protection of the marine environment and natural resources, creating a framework for the sustainable use of the EU marine waters. It was formally adopted by the European Union in July 2008. The overarching goal of the MSFD is to achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ (GES) by 2020 across Europe’s marine environment. The MSFD establishes a transparent framework for an ecosystem-based … Read entire article »

Underwater maritime heritage: disseminating the treasure map

Underwater maritime heritage:  disseminating the treasure map

Today, it is estimated that three million undiscovered shipwrecks and ruins continue to lie at the bottom of the oceans. Currently, the EMODNet Human Activities portal provides two datasets concerning underwater cultural heritage: The first covers Submerged prehistoric archaeology sites and landscapes in Northern and Western Europe. Information on the age (from Paleolitic to Bronze age) and the type of sites  is … Read entire article »

Algae, the next big thing in the blue bioeconomy

Algae, the next big thing in the blue bioeconomy

To most Europeans, the word ‘algae’ brings to mind the seaweed we see on our beaches or the beautiful Posidonia we can admire underwater (HINT: Posidonia is a plant, it’s not algae). Most of us don’t know much about algae; barring a few exceptions, we don’t eat them, we don’t use them; often we don’t even know they’re photosynthetic eukaryotic … Read entire article »

The Sound of Waves in the Mutriku Wave Energy Plant

The Sound of Waves in the Mutriku Wave Energy Plant

The launch of the first acoustic observatory installed in the Wave Energy Plant of Mutriku took place on the 5th of June 2018. Located in the Bay of Biscay, this wave power plant was inaugurated in 2011 by the Basque Energy Agency, EVE. The Mutriku Wave Energy Plant is the only infrastructure related to the ocean energies in Gipuzkoa (northern … Read entire article »

Achieving zero-waste from marine traffic

Achieving zero-waste from marine traffic

Marine litter is widely recognised as a significant threat to the marine environment and ports have a vital role in reducing it. The discharges of ship-generated waste and cargo residues into the sea that contributed to the estimated 20% and 40%, respectively, of the total amount of the marine debris originated from sea-based sources. Wastes generated on ships include sewage, domestic … Read entire article »

Update on the Barcelona Convention

Update on the Barcelona Convention

The most vital regulatory instrument directed to the protection of the Mediterranean marine and coastal life is the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention), which was entered into full force in 2004. Here, we look at the current situation regarding the agreement. Objectives The Barcelona Convention itself proposes as its main … Read entire article »

Marine Aggregates Production

Marine Aggregates Production

Marine aggregates are naturally occurring sediment deposits found on the coastal areas or the continental shelf. Consisting of sands, gravels and shells/shell debris, this non-metallic sediment deposits have been formed as a result of either contemporary (modern) or past sedimentary/hydrodynamic processes (relict deposits). Extraction of aggregates is long established in some European countries (e.g., the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands) … Read entire article »

Use Case: HeraSpace

Use Case: HeraSpace

EMODnet exists because it serves a wide and ever-increasing user base. Each day, universities, research centres, public agencies, international organisations, NGOs, students and professionals download or access EMODnet data to improve their knowledge of our oceans. Among our users are also private companies from all over the world. Because EMODnet’s data are free and free of any restrictions, several companies have … Read entire article »

Liquid vs. dry bulk goods – which one prevails?

Liquid vs. dry bulk goods – which one prevails?

Dear reader, as of July 2018 on the EMODnet Human Activities portal you can see the most recent datasets for maritime traffic of vessels, goods, and passengers! These data are available from 2001 onwards for most of the EU maritime Member States. Obviously, maritime transport statistics are not transmitted by the landlocked countries with no maritime traffic such as Czech Republic, … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »