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.

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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 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

  • Number of oil discharges observed at sea decreased 2016-02-29
    In 2015, the number of suspected illegal discharges of oil reported to Finnish authorities decreased significantly compared to the previous year. Eventually, 47 of the discharges were confirmed to be oil, whereas the corresponding number in 2014 was 68. Investigations concerning illegal oil discharge were started in 12 cases. The majority of the discharges were minor discharges near harbours or shores. The largest individual discharge released an estimated 0.77 cubic metres of oil into the sea.
  • Last summer’s fish kill was caused by a toxic dinoflagellate: emerging algal toxins in coastal Finnish waters 2016-02-24
    Scientists at SYKE Marine Research Centre have related the fish kill in Ersöströmmen near Tammisaari last July to a dinoflagellate species, Karlodinium veneficum, not previously known to form blooms in Finnish waters.
  • Impacts of Baltic inflows on the Baltic Proper 2016-02-11
    Baltic inflows taken place in the last winter and this winter have improved the oxygen conditions in the near-bottom waters of the Baltic Proper. The area covered by fully anoxic near-bottom water has become smaller. Nevertheless, the oxygen concentration is still critically low in many places, which is expected to prevent benthic fauna from re-colonising the bottoms of the Baltic Proper.
  • New methods improve the quality of environmental impact assessments 2016-01-14
    New methods make it easier to recognise and systematically assess the most significant environmental impacts of various projects, and to illustrate the results. They also improve the participation possibilities and understanding of citizens and interest groups about the projects and their environmental impacts. The results are from the recently completed IMPERIA project managed by SYKE, and they can be applied all kinds of assessments of environmental impacts.
  • The Gulf of Finland is slowly recovering 2015-12-01
    Algae levels and phosphorus load from land have decreased in the Gulf of Finland during the last ten years. However, the nutrients from Baltic Proper and the anoxic water near the bottom slow down the recovery of the Gulf of Finland from the long-term load. This is revealed in the extensive research and monitoring carried out by Finland, Estonia and Russia within the Gulf of Finland Year 2014 project.
  • Sustainable growth in Gulf of Bothnia receives significant research funding 2015-09-23
    the SmartSea project has been awarded funding by the Academy of Finland. The project studies the potential of the sustainable use of the Gulf of Bothnia and involves altogether eight research institutes.
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Published 2014-10-13 at 15:00, updated 2015-09-03 at 17:28