10 days ago our research ship Ocean Surveyor left our previous project on a bank in the middle of the Baltic sea where we have been surveying geology and habitats since early summer. After a three-day transit we arrived to the northern most outpost of the Swedish marine waters, Haparanda in the Bothnian Bay. This … Continue reading SGU finally arriving at the scene for our first week of field work!
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…
Metsähallitus marine team has just found a hidden underwater gem: Simo, Finland. We have been roaming the river estuary and the islands near the shore, the inland lagoons and the island flads, for two weeks now, and been astonished. Regardless of the method - scuba diving, wading, SUP-boarding, drone, video, rake or snorkeling - we stumble upon … Continue reading Special places: Simo, Finland
We've been making some new friends during our recent snorkel inventories. Sometimes they have even been giving us a manicure. Curiously they checked whether we were edible, nibbling on our skin. The fish are mainly juveniles of different species. A common one is for example roach (Rutilus rutilus). Our inventories are focused on macrophytes, … Continue reading Field stories: Making new friends
The Metsähallitus SEAmBOTH-team took part in the Raahe Maritime Festival 14th to 15th of July. The event was organized for the fourth time and thousands of visitors attended, the official estimate was 19 500 visitors! The weather was absolutely beautiful during the whole Festival! Sun was shining, there was hardly any wind and people were on … Continue reading Pooki Flakkaa – Raahe Maritime Festival 2018
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
There is an annual boating event in the Bothnian Bay national park known as Sarvipäivät. This year Metsäahallitus organized a week-long archipelago days event, Saaristopäivät, instead. The week 25.6-1.7.2018 celebrated the archipelago life, the national park, recreational boating and all things marine in the Northern Bothnian Bay. SEAmBOTH registered the event as a European … Continue reading How we do it: Arcihpelago days, Perämeren saaristopäivät