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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 and boat harbour areas. Dredging for engineering purposes, to create trenches for pipes, cables, immersed … Read entire article »

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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 human activity, pipelines can be extremely useful and dangerous at the same time. They convey … Read entire article »

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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 Bank[1] promoting the ecosystem approach to aquaculture, provides the conceptual guideline and operational tools for … Read entire article »

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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 environmental status as defined in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Most of the human … Read entire article »

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Vessel density map: and so it begins!

Vessel density map: and so it begins!

In June we left you with a promise: we’d make a vessel density map of EU waters and we’d share it on our portal for you to view and download. In the meantime, several things have happened. A meeting took place in Brussels in September and the discussion ensued enabled us to better define the requirements that the maps should have to be as useful as possible to the maritime community. Getting Started Now, we’ve just purchased … Read entire article »

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Inland aquaculture: a river of opportunities?

Inland aquaculture: a river of opportunities?

Up to now, the EMODnet Human Activities portal has only included maps of marine aquaculture facilities located “at sea”, namely beyond the coast line. The scope of the mariculture dataset is currently being extended to shore-based farms rearing marine species and to inland aquaculture sites producing freshwater species (now available). While marine aquaculture has developed strongly over the past decades, EU28 freshwater aquaculture (including salmon and trout farmed in freshwater) still represents 55% of the total … Read entire article »

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Contribution of EMODnet Ocean Energy to Marine Spatial Planning

Contribution of EMODnet Ocean Energy to Marine Spatial Planning

Marine spatial planning (MSP) is increasingly being used to map, control and coordinate ocean uses (Huckerby et al., 2016)[1]. According to O’Hagan (2016)[2], the majority of countries which have some form of MSP in place do not reflect ocean energy in terms of either reserved or pre-allocated zones for future ocean energy activity. In other countries such as Denmark, Germany and Sweden, the offshore wind is the only form of marine renewable energy identified, with … Read entire article »

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Waste disposal at sea: what and where

Waste disposal at sea: what and where

As part of the objectives of EMODnet, Waste Disposal at sea is one of the 13 themes of interest when it comes to register Human Activities (HA) with a potential environmental impact at sea or risk for human health. Under the generic denomination of waste disposal: what are we referring to? And where does it take place? Firstly, we must take into account the London Convention (Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of … Read entire article »

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Blowing in the wind, mapping the sea

Blowing in the wind, mapping the sea

Where are offshore wind farms located in European maritime areas and what are their extent? Offshore wind energy has increasingly become one of the more dynamic renewables sectors in Europe since the first commercial offshore generators were established in Denmark in 1991. According to the European Environment Agency (Renewable energy in Europe 2017. Recent growth and knock-on effects), the energy produced by offshore wind farms is still low compared to Hydropower and Onshore wind (2.750 Ktoe against … Read entire article »

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Looking at EU maritime freight transport countries and ports

Looking at EU maritime freight transport countries and ports

Here at EMODnet Human Activities, we have just updated our ports traffic data. We thought it was a good time to take a look at recent statistics concerning EU maritime freight transport. The Netherlands, which overtook the United Kingdom in 2010 as the largest EU maritime freight transport country, has reported the largest volumes of seaborne freight handling in Europe every year since then. According to Eurostat, the volume of seaborne goods handled in Dutch ports (594 million … Read entire article »

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