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  • 2014-02-13 10:59 AM

    SwAM Proposes New Regulations to Protect Salmon and Trout


    The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, is proposing changes in the regulations for salmon and trout fishing along Sweden's west coast. "In recent years, salmon and trout stocks have drastically deteriorated; only three of the rivers home to these populations on Sweden's west coast are reaching the set conservation objectives," says Håkan Carlstrand, an analyst for fisheries policy at SwAM.
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  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    BalticSTERN Report: Measures Against Eutrophication Can Profit Major Gains


    Inhabitants around the Baltic Sea are willing to pay more to save the Baltic Sea from eutrophication than what it would actually cost. So concludes a report from the international research network BalticSTERN. “This is the first time that an environmental economic analysis about an international agreement [the Baltic Sea Action Plan], one concerning a large number of countries, has been conducted. This makes the report unique,” says Mats Svensson at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Important Decision Regulating International Trade “Can Stop the Overfishing of Sharks”


    The trade of great white sharks and whale sharks is already regulated. But now, even international trade concerning porbeagle sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, three species of hammerhead sharks, and the genus Manta (manta rays) is being regulated in order to ensure the species’ survival. “It was one of the most important decisions taken on at the CITES meeting in Bangkok. These marine species are vulnerable to heavy fishing, mainly because the fins are worth a lot in value. In the last few years, we have witnessed a dramatic decline in numbers and the distribution of these species,” says Sofia Brockmark of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    SwAM Introduces New Rules for Grayling and Trout in Northern Sweden


    The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, will introduce new rules for the fishing of trout and grayling in the northern provinces of Norrbotten and Västerbotten starting in June. In Norbotten, only trout between 30 and 45 cm long will be allowed for possession. In Västerbotten, the minimum length limit is being increased to 50 cm, except in the Vindel River. “The populations of trout found in Norrbotten waterways are so low that we should protect the sea trout swimming upstream to spawn,” says Martin Rydgren, analyst for biodiversity and fishing at SwAM. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Protecting Porpoises in the Baltic Sea is Focus at Upcoming Workshop


    For nearly two years and with help from 300 sound detectors, the international SAMBAH project has investigated how many porpoises live in the Baltic Sea and where they thrive best. “We want to increase the survival rate of the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise, so we must find ways to reduce harmful effects caused by humans. It’s important that we don’t displace them from or destroy the environments that are vital to porpoises,” says Erland Lettevall at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM. A workshop on the matter is being held April 15 in Gothenburg. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    SwAM Proposes Rules for Coastal Fishing in Baltic Sea to Protect Wild Salmon


    The wild salmon population is low in many of Sweden’s rivers. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, ICES, is also warning of a deterioration of certain stocks in the coming years. The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, is therefore proposing revised regulations for the coastal fishing of salmon in the Baltic Sea. “The main issue this year is to increase the proportion of farmed salmon being caught; our goal is for more than half of all salmon caught to consist of farmed fish in order to reinforce the protection of wild populations,” says Martin Rydgren, analyst for biodiversity and fishing. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Half of Europe’s Waters Aren’t Doing Well – “The Situation is Very Serious”


    Norwegian aquatic researcher Ann Lyche Solheim is one of the main speakers at this week’s Marine and Water Forum 2013 in Gothenburg hosted by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM. She has played a key role the work surrounding the EU’s Water Framework Directive. “Currently, 55 percent of Europe’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters are in poor ecological condition, including eutrophication that contributes algal blooms in lakes and coastal waters, and migration obstacles that negatively affect fish stocks and other aquatic life,” says Solheim. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    New Method Detecting Toxic Boat Paint “Can Mean Better Marina Environments”


    Researchers from Stockholm University and the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg have developed a new method for detecting toxic paint layers on boat hulls. With the help of X-rays, the amount of tributyltin compounds (TBT) can be measured. “This is a good and practical tool that could boost environmental efforts in marinas. Toxins can now be detected before they end up in the ground or in the water,” says Thomas Johansson of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, which has contributed just under €100,000 to the project. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    SwAM Assesses Possibility for Minimizing Fish Discards in EU Waters


    The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, has completed its assessment on how a ban on the discarding of unwanted fish can be monitored. The methods investigated include inspectors, CCTV surveillance, and monitoring via air and water. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    International Gathering in Sweden for Protecting Environment in North-East Atlantic


    In two weeks, from June 24 to 28, approximately 70 representatives from the governments of 15 countries, the EU, and a number of international organizations will gather in Gothenburg, Sweden, for an OSPAR meeting on the environment in the North-East Atlantic. The meeting will take up issues relating to marine spatial planning, marine litter, and ways for protecting endangered species and habitats. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    OSPAR Meeting Took Important Step to Decrease Marine Litter


    NORTH EAST ATLANTIC, Gothenburg, Sweden—An agreement to develop an action plan toward reducing marine litter in the North East Atlantic was reached between the EU and the 15 member states of the OSPAR Commission in June. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    New Discoveries of Marbled Crayfish Cause Concern in Northern Europe


    SWEDEN – New specimens of the suspected marbled crayfish have once again been discovered in Sweden, this time nearly 300 kilometers southwest from where the species was first discovered last November. The marbled crayfish is considered invasive in many European countries including Sweden. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Threat of Zebra Mussel Spreads in Europe


    Zebra mussels. NORRKÖPING, Sweden – A large quantity of zebra mussels has been found in two lakes 150km southwest of Stockholm. "The zebra mussel is considered invasive in many countries and it's threatening to wipe out native species," says Jakob Bergengren for the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    SwAM Halts All Fishing in Area in Skagerrak


    Early this morning, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, closed off an area in the Skagerrak from fishing. The closure affects all fishing of cod, haddock, saithe, and whiting by any country. “This is the first time that this kind of real-time closure has been made in Swedish waters, the reason being that large numbers of juvenile fish are in this particular area,” says Karin Hermansson, head of fisheries control at SwAM. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Anticipation of New EU and National Legislation Sparks Dialogue on How to Use Marine Waters


    Can wind farms, commercial fishing, and shipping coexist in marine waters without harming the ecosystem? This issue came to focus in Wednesday’s dialogue meeting “Marine Spatial Planning—For Blue Growth and Flourishing Seas” in the coastal Swedish town of Sundsvall in Västernorrland County. The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, along with local coastal governments, has been instructed by the Swedish government to prepare for the implementation of national marine spatial planning. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Oxygen Deprivation in Baltic Sea’s Deep Worries SwAM


    The prevalence of oxygen deprivation in the Baltic Sea’s deep waters was at a record high in 2011, and the situation worsened in 2012. This was noted in recent figures from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, which regularly examines oxygen content. “The situation is worse than ever; today, there is an oxygen shortage in nearly 20 percent of the bottom area in the Baltic Proper. It’s very alarming,” says Bertil Håkansson, head of marine management at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Marine Litter Today’s Focus at the Gothenburg Boat Show


    Experts from the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation are on hand to talk about this growing environmental problem. “It is important to not use our oceans as a garbage dump and instead see them as a resource. This pertains not only to protecting but also seeing the value of developing both existing and emerging uses such as energy supply, food production, and tourism,” says Lisa Emelia Svensson, the marine and water ambassador for the Ministry of the Environment. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Meeting in Madrid to Safeguard Europe’s Waters


    Drinking water Flooding, water shortages, and threatened rivers are three challenges that all European countries must solve. Yesterday, therefore, saw start of EU project Water Joint Programming Initiative, Water JPI, which is a new, collaborative research arena. "We can learn from each other through joint research and the exchange of experiences,” says Mats Svensson, head of analysis and research at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    King of Sweden to Visit SwAM


    On 6 February, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, will be visited by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf. Västra Götaland County Governor Lars Bäckström will also be present. ”We are very excited that the King is visiting SwAM. He is very interested in environmental issues and wants to know more about our activities,” says Maria Hellsten, staff executive officer at SwAM. Read more »

  • 2013-12-03 10:52 AM

    Fishing Agreement Between EU and Norway Complete


    The EU and Norway have agreed upon fishing quotas and regulations for fishing in the North Sea in 2013. For Swedish fishermen this means regained access to the North Sea’s Norwegian Economic Zone. “Many are relieved that the agreement is now in place,” says Karin Linderholm, analyst for international coordination at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM. Read more »

Published: 2013-12-03
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Contact Page Editor: Katherine Singer