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Sea theme: Expert work

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Societal decision-making requires that researchers search for solutions and assess options. Our expertise supports the preparation and implementation of marine-related international and national legislation.

Our expert activities support marine conservation as well as the work of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM). For this purpose, SYKE is responsible for producing an assessment on the current state of marine areas. The latest assessment was completed in 2018. On the basis of the assessment the Ministry of the Environment will lead the drafting of a programme of measures for marine resource management. The programme aims at a goof state of the marine environment.

Our activities are related particularly to:

  • the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
  • the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive
  • the implementation of HELCOM's programme of measures


Examples of theme-related topic of expert work in the right-side column.

Aranda’s monitoring cruise reveals: Last summer’s algal bloom in the Baltic Sea was the result of a surge of nutrient-rich water from the Baltic Proper 2018-09-28
Research vessel Aranda’s first monitoring cruise after its renovation was a success despite challenging weather conditions and a tight schedule. The results show that salty and oxygen-depleted water reaching as far as the Eastern Gulf of Finland could spell difficult cyanobacterial bloom conditions next year as well.
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Renovated marine research vessel Aranda embarks immediately on a research cruise 2018-09-07
The renovated marine research vessel Aranda was delivered to the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE today. The overhaul was carried out by Rauma Marine Constructions Oy at its shipyard in the city of Rauma. Next week the Aranda heads out on her first research cruise on the Baltic Sea.
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Published 2017-05-12 at 9:56, updated 2019-08-09 at 13:00
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