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Research on interactions between sea ducks and bottom fauna in a changing Baltic environment


The research project study the biodiversity in shallow sea areas and offshore banks south and east of Gotland, along the Swedish east coast and in southern Finland. The overall aim of the project is to link high quality data on seabed structure, bottom fauna and sea duck populations in the Baltic Sea and to identify the most important factors that affect seaduck population growth, distributions and food availability. In addition, the factors and interactions that make certain sites especially valuable for seaducks during wintering and migration are also analysed.

The selected study areas are globally important for several species of sea ducks and other waterbirds as well as important for fishery and shipping. The areas harbour, among other species, the major part of the European long-tailed duck population in winter. Sea ducks like the long-tailed duck depend on abundant benthic food in coastal waters and offshore banks and may therefore serve as model organisms for the study of interactions between sea ducks and bottom fauna.

The research project is lead by professor Kjell Larsson at Gotland University, Sweden.  The research project is mainly funded by Nord Stream AG by agreements with Gotland University, Sweden. The research project serves only scientific purposes and is independent of the Nord Stream pipeline project.

 

More information: view Research on Sea Ducks in the Baltic Sea