30.-31.5.2018 Drone training with KvarkenFlada

Suvi from Metsähallitus went to Vaasa to learn about how to use drone in biological mappings. Roosa from KvarkenFlada ( taught Suvi and now we can use drone in SEAmBOTH-mappings during the next field seasons. Photos by Roosa Mikkola, Metsähallitus.





28.-30.5.2018 School kids days and Toivon Agenda 2030 -event in Oulu

Metsähallitus presented their marine biological work to a lot of school kids 28-30.5.2018 in the Oulu area in Finland. On Monday, more than a hundred 7-9th graders visited Metsähallitus marine biologists out by the sea, where they explained about their work and the SEAmBOTH project. On Tuesday, Metsähallitus participated in Toivon Agenda 2030, part of the European sustainable development week, child and youth event, where more than 1500 school kids and their teachers were familiarized with concepts such as “clean underwater nature” and “blue growth”. On Wednesday, Metsähallitus marine biologist Essi Keskinen visited Ritaharju School in Oulu, where school kids had taken water samples in different seasons and wanted to interview someone, who could explain the marine life in the Bothnian Bay to them. At the same time, all kids learned about the SEAmBOTH project and heard, why we have to co-operate with the Swedish marine authorities to be able to manage our joined sea area together. We also promoted the European Maritime Day #EMD2018. EMD is celebrated annually across Europe to raise awareness of maritime sectors and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs.

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30.4.2018 Blogpost about SEAmBOTH in Geoblogi

Our readers who can read Finnish can check this article in Geoblogi which was written by geologist Outi Hyttinen who is working in SEAmBOTH. In the blog Outi explains about the special geological history of the Bothnian Bay and how the geology of the region can be investigated. Link to the blog can be found from here.


25.-26.4.2018 Project group meeting in Haparanda, Sweden

We had a very productive meeting with the project group in Haparanda. We discussed about all the things we have done so far since last project meeting in November 2017 and what are the plans for the field season 2018.



24.-25.4.2018 Workshop on nature value assesment in Haparanda, Sweden

Experts are trying to give nature a value: does an endangered species score more than it’s nesting ground if its nesting ground is common? How to value the functions that the habitats and species are performing? Not such a piece of cake!

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12.–13.3.2018 SeaGIS 2.0 final seminar in Vaasa

Suvi attended the SeaGIS 2.0 final seminar in Vaasa to learn about the experiences and findings of a very similar project as SEAmBOTH. The seminar was very interesting, the topics were very varying and there were almost 100 participants. Here you can check the topics (in Swedish and Finnish):

Pekka Salminen (Regional council of Southwest Finland) talking about maritime spatial planning in Finland (Photo by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus).
Jari Haapala (Finnish Meteorological Institute) talked about the effects of climate change in the Gulf of Bothnia region (Photo by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus).