This year Metsähallitus started the field work on the Finnish side from Oulu and are moving northwards every week or every second week. At the moment, we are working in Simo and Kuivaniemi area, and next week we move to Tornio.
It seems to be a rule, that June is always windy. And this year is not different.. We can only do wading points if the wind is more than 6 m/s, and it has been like that almost every day. So, we have been doing wading points, every day. It’s not a problem to SEAmBOTH project, because we are interested in the shallow areas. But for us, the field workers, it would be nice to do more dives and take some drop videos for a change 🙂
This Summer we had to buy a new rubber boat, because our old boat Bella retired at the end of last field season, after serving us for about six years in all the different weather conditions and in all the shallow muddy and rocky places we could find. But now we have a new boat called Halli (the name comes from the Finnish name for the grey seal), and it has an electric engine. It is amazing to work with the silent engine, but we do hope that the engine would take us to places a bit faster..
We put our hope to July, and are really waiting for the windless and sunny days at the sea 🙂
Written by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus