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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 objectives, “to prevent, abate, combat and to the fullest extent possible eliminate pollution of the … Read entire article »

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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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How clean are European bathing sites?

How clean are European bathing sites?

The summer holiday season is just around the corner and, like every year, a multitude of tourists from all over the world are looking forward to frolicking on the many beaches and bathing sites that our beautiful continent has to offer. Swimming has always been a source of endless fun, but that doesn’t mean that it is safe to do it anywhere. While most bathing sites in the EU can boast excellent water quality, there are … Read entire article »

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New: Offshore Installations and Bathing Waters

New: Offshore Installations and Bathing Waters

In addition to the recent release of ‘Finfish’ and ‘Hydrocarbon Extraction – Active Licenses’ data, EMODnet Human Activities has grown to include two more new datasets: ‘Offshore Installations’ and ‘Status of Bathing Waters’.   The status of bathing waters is based on the dataset “Bathing Water Directive – Status of bathing water” provided by The European Topic Centre on Water and made available by the European Environment Agency. The data set presents the latest information as reported … Read entire article »

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