Algae farming, maritime spatial planning, and domestic fish

Why should you eat fish grown in the Baltic Sea? Why is marine archaeology important? Why is there an autonomous government in Åland? Marine scientists answer these and many other questions in articles that provide fascinating details about the uses of, as well as the human traces left behind in the Baltic Sea.

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Maritime Spatial Planning - sustainable use safeguards the future of the marine environment

According to the European Commission's Blue Growth Strategy, the seas and oceans are important engines for the European economy. They also have considerable potential for innovation and growth.

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The race for the Baltic Sea has begun – maritime spatial planning reconciles different interests

The poor state of the marine environment has become a global concern. At the same time, the pressure for more efficient economic exploitation of marine areas has increased. This is reflected, for example, in the European Union's Blue Growth Strategy.

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Åland – a self-governing island state

Åland is an autonomous part of the Republic of Finland. That is why the Åland Islands have their own parliament (the Åland Provincial Assembly) and government (the Åland Provincial Government). Such self-governance gives the people of Åland the right to make their own laws.

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The special importance of the shipping industry for the Åland Islands

Although the people of Åland have long sailed around the Baltic Sea for trade, shipping in the Åland Islands did not start properly until after the end of the Crimean War in 1856.

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The potential of algae as a future aquaculture product in Finland

The cultivation of algae and cyanobacteria and the products derived from them are a subject of much talk and writing at present. There is also an abundance of basic and applied research on the subject throughout the world. However, in Finland we will not be quite ready to enjoy domestic edible macroalgae products within the next few years.

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Domestic fish produced in a sustainable way

Currently, the fish eaten by Finns is mainly Norwegian salmon and other imported fish. Fish could also be found closer to home, including herring and domestic rainbow trout.

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Why is marine archaeology important? – three reasons

This list presents three compelling reasons why marine archaeology and maritime cultural heritage are important and the three things everyone should know about this topic.

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The changing marine landscape exists in the interactions of man and nature

Both human activity and the interactions between man and nature from prehistory to the present are visible in our environment. This will continue far into the future. However, not all of the impacts have been good. For example, the condition of our seas is a cause of worry.