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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 provided for each “point”. The Source is a pan-European scientific Project called SPLASHCOSThe second concerns … Read entire article »

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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) to secure material used as construction aggregate, for beach nourishment and for land reclamation. However, … Read entire article »

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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 begun using our data to develop new products and services, thus saving costs and creating … Read entire article »

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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, Luxembourg, Hungary, Austria or Slovakia. A newly updated dataset on traffic of goods reveals that, annually … Read entire article »

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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 »

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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 take place in a sea city; and sea city it was. Our friends and colleagues … Read entire article »

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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 have triggered politicians and scientists to act in order to change the negative trend. The Advisory … Read entire article »

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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 activity that makes a significant contribution to nutrition, as well as to economic growth, especially … Read entire article »

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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 both EU environmental protection and competitiveness worldwide. In fact, Europe has continued to power up record … Read entire article »

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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 Sea cod fishery, for which the Baltic Sea Fisheries Commission (BSFC) was established by the … Read entire article »

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