The Baltic Sea

The section Baltic Sea contains information about marine management, the protection of the Baltic Sea, its condition and monitoring, and marine oil spill response. The section also showcases Finnish marine research.

Vedenalaista maailmaa
Photo: Ilkka Lastumäki.

Information about legislation as well as national and international cooperation related to the Baltic Sea can be found on the Ministry of the Environment’s website. For more information about SYKE’s research and expert operations, please visit SYKE’s website. Information about marine environment planning is available at environment.fi under the Living environment and planning heading.

Another important portal for marine-related information is Meriwiki, where anyone can set up an observation point, report an algae sighting or participate in discussions in the forum.

Press releases

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  • Real-time monitoring of oil compounds installed in Tallinn-Stockholm ferry 2017-03-24
    The EU-funded project GRACE has launched a system for real-time monitoring of oil compounds in open seawater. This kind of technology could have a great potential onboard on many types of vessels that operate eg. in the Arctic such as fuel transportation and other supply vessels.
  • Microplastics – a risk to inland and marine waters in Finland 2017-03-21
    The state of Finland’s inland and marine waters has generally improved significantly over recent decades, thanks to effective water protection measures. But our waters are still under threat due to factors including microplastics, climate change, pollution loads from farms and hazardous substances. Microplastic particles originate from sources including our homes and roads.
  • Number of oil discharges observed at sea have remained nearly unchanged 2017-03-15
    In 2016, the number of suspected illegal discharges of oil reported to Finnish authorities remained almost unchanged compared to the previous year. Eventually, 48 of the discharges were confirmed to be oil, whereas the corresponding number in 2015 was 47.
  • The new calculator shows how consumption contributes to nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea 2017-02-03
    With the calculator developed by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute Finland, consumers can determine the impacts of their consumption habits on nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea. Finland’s contribution to the nutrient pollution of the Baltic Sea is about 10 per cent. Food production accounts for about 60 % of the Baltic Sea footprint of an average Finnish consumer. Waste water is also an important source (about 25 %).
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Published 2014-10-13 at 15:00, updated 2016-11-14 at 10:27