People behind the scenes: marine biologist Petra Pohjola

Hi, I’m Petra. I’m an adventurer and nature lover. I’m also a Finnish marine biologist working in Sweden. How did I end up in Sweden? We can start with where I came from. 8 years I worked for Metsähallitus, most of that time in the eastern Gulf of Finland. I was a field worker and … Continue reading People behind the scenes: marine biologist Petra Pohjola

S/V Ocean Surveyor Reporting From the Bothnian Bay

S/V Ocean Surveyor with crew arrived at the old industry port at Seskarö, an island not far from Haparanda, in the beginning of August. New for this year’s field work is that the launch vessel Ugglan have been equipped with a multibeam echosounder, the EM2040C. After some initial testing and calibration the echosounder proved to … Continue reading S/V Ocean Surveyor Reporting From the Bothnian Bay

Searching for Macroplea pubipennis

The mysterious aquatic leaf beetle Macroplea pubipennis has become quite familiar to us these last two summers. Not a lot is known about these beetles. Two years ago, we didn’t even know they existed in Sweden and they were known to occur only in Finland and China (of all places). As observation sites in the … Continue reading Searching for Macroplea pubipennis

Special places: Flads of Salmisudden

In our last week's blog you could read about flads; how they are formed, why they are so valuable and a bit about the challenges that concern conserving these important habitats. Now we want to introduce you to a specific flad that we have discovered in our underwater nature inventories and discuss its future. Although … Continue reading Special places: Flads of Salmisudden

Exposed rocky shorelines – a grayling favourite

During a couple of sunny days in spring we had the opportunity to go out and learn more about one of the most iconic fish species of the Bothnian Bay - the grayling - and it's favourite habitat on the exposed, rocky shores. Together with our fish expert collegues we searched for grayling eggs along … Continue reading Exposed rocky shorelines – a grayling favourite

ZONATION – PLANNERS´ LITTLE HELPER

Zonation is a quantitative decision support tool for spatial conservation planning, developed for solving various problems around spatial management and resource allocation. Zonation was developed in CBIG – Conservation Biology Informatics Group in the department of Biosciences of the University of Helsinki. The team was led by the professor Atte Moilanen who is currently part … Continue reading ZONATION – PLANNERS´ LITTLE HELPER

Who lives at the bottom of the sea?

The deep sea floors are in constant darkness which means no plants can grow there. But that doesn't mean it's a place empty of life. During the autumn of 2018 SGU (the Geological Survey of Sweden) and partner in the SEAmBTOH project, conducted a survey cruise in the archipelago of Haparanda to map the depths … Continue reading Who lives at the bottom of the sea?