Project: Biological Effects of Anthropogenic Chemical Stress: Tools for the Assessment of Ecosystem Health

The pan-Baltic BEAST project is targeted at developing integrated measures of chemical pollution and tools needed to detect and understand human-induced pressure on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. We will test and validate integrated monitoring and assessment approaches for their applicability in the Baltic Sea, taking carefully into account the specific abiotic and biotic characteristics of the sea area. Using sub-regional assessments we will provide scientifically based recommendations for the implementation of an integrated chemical-biological effects monitoring strategy for the assessment of ecosystem health. This supports ecosystem-based management to safeguard the sustainable use of ecosystem’s goods and services. To establish links between responses related to chemical pollution within the individuals and effects observed at higher biological levels we will generate an integrated “multi-level toolbox” including biomarkers as sensitive diagnostic tools. Capacity building, networking, exchange and intercalibration of methodologies, and training are another integral part of the project. Sixteen partners from all Baltic Sea countries are involved in BEAST; the work consists of field and experimental research using both established and novel methods on 5 Baltic Sea sub-regions so far with limited information on biological effects of hazardous substances. The outcome will be communicated to national and regional stakeholders and co-operation with HELCOM MONAS will be established.

Acronym BEAST (Reference Number: 114)
Duration 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2011
Project Topic environmental research / marine pollution
Project Results
(after finalisation)
Website visit project website
Network BONUS+
Call BONUS+ Call in 2007

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Finnish Environment Institute Coordinator Finland
2 Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research Partner Germany
3 Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fishery; Institute of Fishery Ecology Partner Germany
4 Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Partner Germany
5 Aarhus University Partner Denmark
6 Stockholm University Partner Sweden
7 National Marine Fisheries Research Institute Partner Poland
8 Atlantic Research Institute of Fisheries & Oceanography Observer Russia
9 Estonian University of Life Sciences Partner Estonia
10 Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute Partner Finland
11 Institute for Applied Ecology Ltd. Partner Germany
12 University of Latvia Partner Latvia
12 Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology Partner Latvia
13 Nature Research Center Partner Lithuania
15 Scientific Research Center for Ecological Safety RAS Observer Russia
16 Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences Observer Russia