The Seabased Project

The most large-scale problem of the Baltic Sea is eutrophication. While we have been successful in cutting the nutrient load from land, nutrients that are stored in the seabed slow down the Sea’s recovery. The SEABASED Project (Seabased Measures in Baltic Sea Nutrient Management) assesses measures that improve the status of marine area by reducing the internal load of the sea. The project pilots selected measures in the pilot areas in Finland, Åland and Sweden.

Pilots

SEABASED pilots are small-scale local activities, testing methods to alleviate the internal nutrient load in the Baltic Sea with low risks of causing any negative effects to the ecosystem. Piloted measures, that could help reduce the effects of excess nutrient load in the Baltic Sea include e.g. removing the active, oxygen-consuming surface layer of bottom sediment; recycling the nutrient-rich water from the proximity of the seabed for use in farming; and retaining phosphorus in the seabed sediment using natural, limestone-based materials, e.g. marl. Most of SEABASED pilot activities will be implemented during 2019-2020.

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Aquatic compensation

Alongside the pilot activities, SEABASED has a mission to develop a concept of aquatic compensation in coastal waters with focus on nutrient offsetting. The objective is to examine different options and needs for new regulations for legislation and to find functional and sustainable solutions, e.g., to be utilized in ecosystem-based compensations in the future, for which Åland will act as “a test laboratory”. The concept will be applied and tested in practice with pilot activities to reduce nutrients from the marine environment and to restore the coastal pilot areas into better conditions. A model for a Water Improvement Fund will also be described with the effort of taking aquatic compensation from theory into practice.

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