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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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What dredging data is available on EMODnet?

What dredging data is available on EMODnet?

The dredging activities data was recently updated on the EMODnet Human Activities portal, but what data is made available and how does the activity differ from marine aggregate extraction? Dredging can be defined as the operation of removing material from the bottom of the water environment and relocating it in another place. Although dredging is carried out for many different purposes, its main objectives are usually: to maintain the required nautical and/or hydrological depths of water to assure navigation in … Read entire article »

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Vessel density maps: help us make a difference

Vessel density maps: help us make a difference

If we asked people what is the first human activity that comes to mind when thinking about the ocean, most would probably say shipping. We’ve used ships to move people and goods across waterways for millennia. We’ve developed trade and settled in remote areas of our planet; we’ve fought brutal wars, but also inspired generations of poets enthralled by the irresistible charm of the ocean. Today maritime transport remains the backbone of the global economy and … Read entire article »

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Update on aggregate extraction data

Update on aggregate extraction data

EMODnet (European Marine Observation and Data Network) is currently in its third development phase, with the target to be fully deployed by 2020. The general objective of this phase is to further develop the service where geo-referenced marine data is made interoperable and freely available. In this new phase, based on the experience gained in the past three years developing the EMODnet Human Activities portal and the corresponding data products, the Human Activities Team will focus on filling … Read entire article »

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New monthly fish sales dataset

New monthly fish sales dataset

New monthly fish sales data has been released on EMODnet Human Activities. The GIS dataset originates from the data on monthly first sales of fish made available by the European Market for Fisheries and Aquaculture products (EUMOFA). The monthly fish sales data has been matched to fish ports (made available in DG MARE’s Master Data Register). Fish species have then been grouped into EUMOFA’s aggregations such as Commodity Groups (CG) and Main Commercial Species (MCS). For each fish species, the … Read entire article »

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The Advisory Councils after the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

The Advisory Councils after the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

The collection of marine and maritime human activities data is essential for the effective management of our seas and oceans in a sustainable way. EMODnet Human Activities is making available information regarding geographical position, spatial extent and attributes of a wide array of marine and maritime human activities. The idea is to extend this throughout Europe using the latest advances in technology. A better knowledge to improve the management and the dialogue with stakeholders have been … Read entire article »

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