Innovative approaches for marine biodiversity monitoring and assessment of conservation status of nature values in the Baltic Sea (MARMONI)
Biodiversity and reproduction habitats of fish
MARMONI project aims to develop concepts for assessment of conservation status of marine biodiversity, including species and habitats and impacts of various human activities. The project shall develop innovative monitoring and assessment approach based on joint set of marine biodiversity indicators as well as to test in practice the monitoring and assessment techniques.
The project is acting in the Baltic Sea in territorial waters and EEZ of Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Sweden. It is aiming at applying a regional approach for future marine biodiversity monitoring and cross country co-operation when assessing marine biodiversity in the Baltic Sea. The project is funded by European Union LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity program as well as other donors and project partners.
The main tasks of the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research institute are (1) to participate in the development of monitoring methods for fish biodiversity and (2) to produce maps on coastal fish reproduction areas and evaluate the usability of the maps in assessment of conservation status of coastal habitats.
The new monitoring and assessment methods, guidelines and recommendations - produced by MARMONI - will form a basis for more harmonized approach to marine environmental and biodiversity monitoring in the Baltic Sea region to be carried out for the implementation of the new EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) Baltic Sea Action Plan.
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Institute for Environmental Solutions, Latvian Fund for Nature, Nature Conservation Agency, Baltic Environmental Forum-Estonia, Estonian Marine Institute, Finnish Environment Institute, Naturvårdsvärket, AquaBiota