Identified as a significant marine area by UN convention

What does the northern Bothnian Bay have in common with for example the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion on the Indonesian archipelago? Not the corals, sharks or sea turtles but well enough the identification as EBSA areas (Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas). Or as stated on the EBSA website "special places in the world's oceans" (Photo … Continue reading Identified as a significant marine area by UN convention

Special species: Nuttall’s waterweed – an invasive species

Waterweeds (Elodea spp.) are species of aquatic plants that originate in North America. Now, because of human interference, two different waterweed species are spreading globally, causing havoc as they outcompete local flora. Canadian waterweed, Elodea canadensis, is no new acquaintance here, as this species was first found in both Finland and Sweden in the 1870s. … Continue reading Special species: Nuttall’s waterweed – an invasive species

Special species: Vaucheria

Filamentous algae are those thin fussy-looking, sometimes slimy, algae may find growing on hard substrates where they cover rocks and stones.Some of them though grow on soft bottoms. Examples of these algae that specialize in growing on soft sediments are species of the genus Vaucheria. Vaucheria are yellow-green algae that grow long, tube formed and … Continue reading Special species: Vaucheria

Rare aquatic beetle found for first time in Sweden

The leaf beetle (Macroplea pubipennis) is an aquatic beetle which has only been known to exist in Finland and China - until now! During the SEAmBOTH inventories of shallow coastal areas, it was finally found here on the northern swedish coast as well. In Finland it has been categorized as "vulnerable" and listed as a … Continue reading Rare aquatic beetle found for first time in Sweden