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Improving surveillance of Lithuanian marine areas

  • A Norwegian-Lithuanian project team is collecting data to ensure sustainable use of the Lithuanian marine areas.

    Working in close collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the Coastal Planning and Research Institute (CORPI) at Klaipeda University is carrying out extensive surveillance of marine resources in order to determine ecosystem changes along Lithuania`s Baltic coast and in the Curonian Lagoon.

    While research has been carried out in these areas before, traditional techniques have been unable to fully map the dynamic changes in the areas. With support from Norway Grants, CORPI will now purchase equipment to survey marine resources and water quality, using multi-frequency hydro acoustics, an automatic observation system and sediment image profiling tools. CORPI will also develop an ecological model and produce digital maps of the most valuable fish spawning and feeding grounds.

    The 90 kilometer long Lithuanian coastline has been going through extensive developments over the last few years. The results of the project will be used to make informed decisions regarding further coastal development. Improved information about the marine areas and the local ecosystem will also support more effective commercial exploitation and environmental management of the areas.

    "This project is also important also because it strengthens the ties between research and industry," said Dr Darius Daunys, who is in charge of the CORPI research team. "Through this project, we can provide information and knowledge required by both coastal administrations and the private sector," he continued. CORPI are now planning a workshop where they will demonstrate how their research and use of modern technologies can assist Lithuanian industries wishing to monitor and minimise their impact on the environment.

    Read more about the project here.

    Photo: S. Olenin (CORPI)

  • Country:

    Lithuania


    Project title:

    A system for the sustainable management of Lithuanian marine resources using novel surveillance, modeling tools and an ecosystem approach

    Case number:

    LT0047

    Priority sector:

    Environment and sustainable development

    Grant:

    € 807,577

    Status:

    Concluded

    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Klaipeda University

    Type of institution:

    Education/research institution

    Project duration:

    36 months

    Project cost:

    € 989,072

    Grant rate:

    82%

    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    06 August 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to establish a system with new surveillance and prediction tools for assessment of marine resources and water quality, with the overall objective to contribute to sustainable management of marine resources in the Lithuanian coastal areas. Reference is made to the application dated 2 August 2007 and any subsequent correspondence between the FMO and the Focal Point.



    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Project management;

    - Surveillance of marine resources using multi-frequency hydroacoustics;

    - Surveillance of water quality using automatic observation system;

    - Water quality forecast system;

    - Assessment and modelling of fish feeding and spawning grounds;

    - Assessment and forecast system of marine resources.



    The Project Promoter is Klaipeda University.



    The Project shall be implemented in partnership with Institute of Ecology (Vilnius University), Marine Research Centre (Ministry of Environment), Fishery Research Laboratory (Lithuanian State Centre for Pisciculture and Fishery Research), Department of Physics (University of Oslo), Norwegian Water Research Institute, AquaBiota Water Research (Sweden) and Istituto di Scienze Marine (Italy).



    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Ministry of Finance provides at least 15 percent of total eligible Project costs, that Norwegian Institute for Water Research provides at least 0.64 percent of total eligible Project costs, that AquaBiotica Water Research provides at least 2.22 percent of total eligible Project costs and that Istituto di Scienze Marine provides at least 0.48 percent of total eligible Project costs.