BALSAM - Work Package 2

WP2: Environment and Fisheries

WP2 focuses on fisheries and environmental monitoring and the analysis of current reporting and data processing practices in the Baltic Sea.

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Picture: Riku Lumiaro - SYKE

The main objectives are to catalogue the current monitoring programmes for the HELCOM monitoring manual and to develop an action plan with recommendations and examples to support accessibility and compatibility of monitoring data for MSFD purposes and to improve national monitoring strategies in the Baltic Sea.

WP2 is led by the HELCOM Secretariat. Several institutions are taking part in the work: the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management from Gdynia (IMGW), the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), the Finnish Environment Institute(SYKE) and the  Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries (TI-OF).

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) also brings external assistance.


​ For more information, please contact:

​Ms. Johanna Karhu

Project Coordinator, HELCOM Secretariat
+358 (0)40 6619040
Skype: helcom63​

​ AND/OR ​



Mr. Joni Kaitaranta
Data Administrator
+358 46 8509206

Skype: helcom37


 Past Meetings

02-04/02/2015 Helsinki, Finland: Joint workshop with CORESET II to improve data arrangements for hazardous substances core indicators

05/09/2014 (skype): WP2 task force meeting

13/06/2014 (skype): WP2 task force meeting

06/05/2014 Tallinn, Estonia: WP2 task force meeting

22/01/2014 Copenhagen, Denmark: WP2 task force meeting

01/11/2013: WP2 coordination call (online)