North Sea

CleanSea onderzoekt de mariene bacteriën op plastic zwerfvuil

Eens de reddingsboot veilig op dek stond, kon de Simon Stevin uitvaren op weg naar de Thorntonbank. Vandaag werd daar een nieuwe constructie uitgezet door de ILVO-wetenschappers in de nabijheid van de windmolens. Caroline De Tender onderzoekt in haar doctoraat de microbiële gemeenschappen aanwezig op sediment, zeewater en plastic zwerfvuil uit het Belgisch deel van de Noordzee. Onder de vleugels van het ILVO Genomics platform en het CleanSea project wordt de dynamiek van bacteriële populaties op plastic zwerfvuil in de Noordzee ontrafeld.

Green Deals for a clean sea and clean beaches: the new Dutch export product?

CleanSea researchers are currently analyzing the Dutch Green Deals approach in terms of its (potential) effectiveness. They also aim to explore whether this approach can be exported to other EU member states. Major sources of marine litter are shipping, fishing, and recreation activities. To tackle the waste problems in these sectors, the Dutch government is pioneering its so-called Green Deals approach. These deals are based on voluntary commitments of stakeholders to take concrete measures, with the government in a facilitating role.

CleanSea Stakeholder Workshop in the Netherlands – measures for a sea without waste

CleanSea researchers from the Netherlands organised a Stakeholder Workshop in June 2014. The aim of the workshop was to identify building blocks for the CleanSea Roadmap to address marine litter. In order to stimulate the discussion, the researchers presented the first CleanSea results highlighting innovative public policy measures, stakeholder best practices and effective financial instruments.

No summer holidays for CleanSea: KIMO's promotion activities in markets and exhibitions

Several times per year, especially in the summertime, does KIMO Nederland en België receive several requests from various fisheries organizations to participate in some kind of  seafood  festivals, fishery markets or fairs relating to the fisheries. These fairs and fishery markets take place in fishing places/ports along the coast of the Netherlands.

Marine bacteria are able to colonize plastic litter, but are they also able to have plastic for lunch?

The Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) in Belgium is investigating the marine bacteria which are able to colonize and survive in the grooves and cracks on the surface of plastic litter collected in the seawater and on beaches. Innovative techniques are used for the identification of the bacteria to obtain a global view on the microbial communities living on plastic debris. Floating through the seawater, plastic debris is able to transport bacteria and other invasive species through the oceans.

Why is polymer analysis important to learn on impacts and sources?

We know that marine litter may consist of different plastic materials behaving differently in the water column as well as acting as a vector for surface active hydrophobic organic pollutants. Fouling of debris, accumulation of biofilms and colonization with algae and invertebrates may cause it to sink. Macro- and microplastics are bioavailable to many benthic organisms and plankton, the key organisms of the marine food web, ingested by species further up the food chain. Plastic particles will accumulate in the stomachs and gut of fish acting as prey for a number of seabird species.

On-going developments on micro plastics modelling in the North Sea

Intense maritime commerce together with highly industrialized activities in the coastal zone enhance the economic importance of the North Sea. However, the external stress caused by human actions affects the ecosystem functioning.  Plastics, in particular, are an increasing source of pollution in the marine environment, influencing the quality of the North Sea water.  As water quality is crucial for biological productivity and abundance of species, many questions arise: How can the micro plastics effect be quantified? Which areas are the most impacted?

Nederlandse vissers actief in het internationale CleanSea project

Tien Nederlandse vissersschepen starten in januari in het internationale onderzoek “CleanSea” naar de vervuiling van Europese zeeën en de Oceaan. Met behulp van de tien vissersschepen en hun bemanningen zullen gegevens worden verstrekt over de omvang en de plaats van de verontreiniging op de Noordzee. Het afval dat zij naar wal brengen wordt nauwkeurig gewogen, geanalyseerd en verwerkt in de rapportage van CleanSea aan de EU commissie.

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