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

The marine life of Bothnian Bay met the people of Bothnian Bay – Skärgårdsfesten in Piteå 2018

Last Saturday a day to celebrate the archipelago was hosted at the beautiful harbour Västra Kajen in Piteå . We, marine biologists from the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, were there to bring SEAmBOTH and the marine life to the visitors. No doubt the Bothnian Bay interests people in Norrbotten. There was a high curiosity … Continue reading The marine life of Bothnian Bay met the people of Bothnian Bay – Skärgårdsfesten in Piteå 2018

Field stories: The sea is not always deep…

Rather quite shallow, especially around the archipelago of Haparanda and Torneå. In shallow waters like this, at a maximum depth of around one meter, the perfoliate pondweed (Potamogeton perfoliatus) and pond water-crowfoot (Ranunculus peltatus) reach up to the surface and create patches, sometimes impenetrable. We usually keep a look out for rocks whilst driving the … Continue reading Field stories: The sea is not always deep…

Field stories: Stumbling upon the sheated pondweed

Most of the time our surveys of vegetation in the Bothnian Bay are planned, forseeable and follow a systematic routine. But some things you can only stumble upon, such as finding the sheated pondweed (Stuckenia vaginata). It was during the boat transportation to our intended study site that we earlier this week stumbled upon this … Continue reading Field stories: Stumbling upon the sheated pondweed