We are working to preserve the biodiversity of the Bothnian Bay and its marine habitats and ecosystems. Thereby we hope to contribute to a sustainable environment around the bay for everyone.
Our work is focused around three main activities:
1. Increase the knowledge amongst professional groups of the marine environment, conservation measures and management within the Bothnian Bay
The marine environment is present in a number of different cases concerning for example coastal exploitation, marine protected areas, spatial planning and species protection. The better information and knowledge we have about the marine envrionment, the more sustainbale decisions make be made to ensure a healthy sea in the future. We will bring professionals in marine management from Sweden and Finland together to share their knowledge, learn from each other’s practices and develop the network across the border.
2. Investigate the possibilites for a transnational marine protected area
The northernmost part of the Bothnian Bay, where the rivers of Tornio and Kemi enter the sea, host a unique and remarkable marine life. The area is split between the countries, and on either side of the border each country has designated part of their archipelagos as protected areas. Would the environment and the humans in the area benefit if there was one marine protected area that stretched across the border and involved both countries? That will be investigated and result in a report on the possibilities for a transnational marine protected area in the northern Bothnian Bay.
3. Develop a marine restoration plan for the Bothnian Bay
As more marine habitats are being destroyed or loosing their ecosystem functions, the need for marine habitat restoration have increased. So far there is very little know about restoration in marine habitats in the Bothnian Bay. We will investigate sites in need of restoration, find suitable methods to use and share knowledge and experiences between the countries. In the end we will present a report including the needs for restoration and suggestions of how to do them.