Project: Integration of pollutant gene responses and fish ecology in Baltic coastal fisheries and management

The project will act as a node to explore and establish eelpout as a coastal indicators organism for assessing acceptable impact of pollutants in the Baltic coastal areas. Through our activities it is the purpose to form the basis for a network including all countries (scientists, managers, policymakers etc.) around the Baltic Sea. In the BALCOFISH project the interaction between science and users are important to ensure transfer of research needs and research outcome, and thus benefit development of both environmental sciences and management. We plan to provide high tech science based input for appropriate measures in the management of the Baltic Sea environment to protect it against chemical pollution. Expected outcomes include to integrate genomics and ecotoxicology in studies and test strategies for exploring and establishing causal links of pollutants and effects relevant to coastal fish populations. Expected outcomes include also promoting progress of bridging gaps between science and users in the management of the Baltic Sea by arranging arenas where management, policy and science issues meet. We will arrange workshops including sampling campaigns at several polluted and clean sites including Danish coastal regions, polluted sites in Wismar Bay, pulp mill and sewage effluents recipient coastal sites along the Swedish coast. We will arrange regular project meetings, courses and conferences focusing on bridging gaps between scientists, managers, policymakers.

Acronym BALCOFISH (Reference Number: 127)
Duration 01/10/2008 - 30/09/2011
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 Göteborg University Coordinator Sweden
2 Univesity of Aarhus Partner Denmark
3 Institute for Applied Ecology Ltd. Partner Germany
4 Swedish Board of Fisheries Partner Sweden
5 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Partner Sweden
6 Swedish Museum of Natural History Partner Sweden
7 Göteborg University Partner Sweden