The main objective for the day was making it from Åland to Vaasa in Finland. We had a ferry connection around two o'clock, so the morning was for half of us doing harbor research near Mariehamn. The other half gave the Zodiac a little t.l.c. We had a broken running light we had rigged to work and a loose antenna. Running lights were replaced and the antenna remounted.
After the policy and media work we did yesterday by meeting with Carina Aaltonen, the Minister of Environment and Social Affairs of the autonomous archipelago of the Aland Islands to present her with our proposals for new MPAs in their waters, today we were pleased to see the echo of those activities in the press, and also surprised to find ourselves in the blog of the minister herself http://bloggen.fi/carina/2013/06/26/nedrakning/. It’s a good sign of attention to Oceana suggestions.
Finally I made it to the expedition! This is the day I have been waiting for since I said goodbye to the team in Malmö, in early June. It was very nice for me to join the crew in Åland Islands which is a special place to me as I have spent many summers there doing field work.
Today was my last day at the expedition. We travelled from Åhus in southern Sweden to Stockholm to take the ferry to the Åland islands where our manager for the Copenhagen office, Hanna Paulomäki, took over and led the Finnish part of the expedition. It was decided to leave early in the morning as we needed to be in the port for the ferry at 3.00 p.m. as we had almost 700 kms to drive. So we aimed to start at 7:00 a.m., but we were welcomed by an almost flat tire on the trailer in the morning.Read More...
‘Today we are back in Southern Sweden, Hanö Bay on the SE coast. The operations are carried out at about 10 miles off shore at some mussel banks about which the local authorities are particularly interested in receiving information. Hanö Bay has suffered from environmental problems during the last years. In 2010 local fishermen started to report that fish is disappearing from the coast and that catches consisted of a lot of sick fish – fish that contained wounds on the tissue etc-. Also fishermen started to report that water was murky and foamy.Read More...
In appreciation of the fabulous midsummer party last night, we spent the morning in Ullared, helping our Cowboy hosts setting up a fence, that later in the day would contain cattle…Swedish dairy cows, unaware they had been chosen to be rodeo cows for the weekend. Though somewhat out of our element, the fence went up, in best Spanish, Danish and Swedish cowboy-style…strictly supervised by a real Texan horseman!
From Ullared the convoy continued south east, crossing over to Simrishamn.
Today is our last day in the archipelago of Göteborg. We only have a few hours to work as we have to head to southern Sweden in order to finish our expedition days in this country and then move to Finland to start a new phase of the campaign.
So at 07:00 am, we are already in place, we want to get to yesterday´s ramp to make a few immersions with the ROV. Read More...
Today the plan was to study the coastal areas inside the archipelago, where the species and communities are very different for what we filmed yesterday in the more open water. We had scheduled to do five ROVs in locations found through collaboration with a local biologist. All the places had shallow water and were located close to skerries or small islands.
We are back in Marstrand. The Weather Forecast predicts a rainy afternoon. Yesterday we were very lucky with the ROV immersions, so today the divers will work on those points where the ROV found corals and fish.