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For the past three years, the international Aquabest project to promote sustainable aquaculture has been seeking solutions for fish farming in the Baltic Sea region. The project’s results include developing fish farming technology, determining the location of new fish farms and influencing legislation that governs operations. The end results of the project have been summarised as brief recommendations, which it is hoped that the operators and official bodies in the sector will build on further in their own work. www.aquabestproject.eu

News about Natural Resources in Finland

Individual differences in moving activity in a novel environment are linked to individual differences in vulnerability to angling, according to an experimental study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute.
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The creation of the Vuoksi River preceded a significant cultural shift
The creation of the Vuoksi River and the subsequent rapid decrease in the water level of Lake Saimaa approximately 6,000 years ago revealed thousands of square kilometres of new, fertile land in eastern Finland. A multidisciplinary research project organised by University of Helsinki researchers has studied the role that the decrease in water levels has played in the interaction between nature and humans. After dramatic shifts in the waterways, human life in the area underwent significant changes and gave rise to a new, innovative culture. This stemmed from an increase in the elk population, which flourished on the pioneer flora growing on the newly emerged land. Later, the culture regressed as the ecosystem in the area shifted towards old-growth spruce-dominated forests which could not maintain the large elk population.
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Baltic grey seal population still growing
Nearly 30,000 grey seals were counted in the Baltic Sea area last spring. Growth in the population since the mid-2000s has mainly occurred in the archipelago of central Sweden. In the other key area where seals moult, the archipelago of southwestern Finland, there has been no further growth since that time. Varying weather conditions during the count had an impact on the results. The Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute was responsible for the census undertaken in Finnish territory.
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