Photo: Bill Lyons
Pharmaceutical residues in the Baltic Sea are causing concern as the full impact for the marine environment is still unknown.
Addressing the potential environmental threat from pharmaceuticals have long been on HELCOM´s agenda. The last HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in 2013 agreed to collect information and assess the state of contamination.
HELCOM Pressure and State & Conservation groups are involved with preparing a regional status report. Such a product is expected to serve a comprehensive and scientifically sound background for elaboration of the regional strategy to mitigate possible harmful effect, if it is noticed.