Monitoring programme: Biodiversity - FishProgramme topic: Fish, shellfish and fisheries
The monitoring of this sub-programme is: partly coordinated. Monitoring of bivalve populations is not coordinated Baltic wide. Nephrops are monitored through ICES under the ICES Study Group on Nephrops Surveys (SGNEPS) and the
Working Group on the Assessment of Demersal Stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak (WGNSSK).
Common monitoring guidelines: ICES
Common quality assurance programme: ICES
Common database: missing, national databases exist
Biological features:Information on angiosperms, macro-algae and invertebrate bottom fauna, including species composition, biomass and annual/seasonal variability.
Activities (Q7a, 7b)
Extraction of living resources: Fisheries
Detailed information on monitoring frequency and spatial resolution has not yet been collected from all countries but will be added.
All surveys, assessment and monitoring are annual.
Function Units (FU 3 and 4) in the Kattegat and Skagerrak.
For mussels and oysters the scope are the entire Limfjord and Lesser Belt area.
Monitoring is to be carried out to fulfill assessment requirements of HELCOM ecological objectives that are specified through HELCOM core indicators. The requirements on monitoring can
include number of stations, the sampling frequency and replication.
Adequacy for assessment of GES (Q5d)
Monitoring should provide adequate data and information to enable the periodic assessment of environmental status, and distance from and progress towards GES as required by MSFD under Article 9 and 11.
Assessment of natural variability (Q5e)
If shellfish need to be considered within the Baltic Sea area, there is little coordinated monitoring on any species other than Nephrops.
Contact point to national monitoring programmes will be added.
ICES Study Group on Nephrops Surveys (SGNEPS)
Working Group on the Assessment of Demersal Stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak (WGNSSK)