SUB-PROGRAMME: MACROLITTER CHARASTERISTICS AND ABUNDANCE/VOLUME


Monitoring programme: Litter
Programme topic: Litter

SUB-PROGRAMME 3: MACROLITTER CHARASTERISTICS AND ABUNDANCE/VOLUME - floating LITTER

 

​TABLE OF CONTENTS

Regional coordination

Purpose of monitoring

Monitoring concepts table

Assessment requirements

Data providers and access

References

REGIONAL COORDINATION

The monitoring of this sub-programme is: not coordinated.


PURPOSE OF MONITORING (Q4K)

Follow up of progress towards:

Baltic Sea Action Plan​ (BSAP)​ ​ ​​Segments

Hazardous substances
Biodiversity
Maritime activities

​Ecological objectives

​​Concentrations of hazardous substances close to natural levels
Natural landscapes and seascapes
Thriving and balanced commnities of plants and animals
No illegal pollution
Safe maritime traffic without accidental pollution

Marine strategy framework directive (MSFD) ​ ​​DescriptorsD10 Litter
​Criteria (Q5a)

10DC1 The composition, amount and spatial distribution of litter on the coastline, in the surface layer of the water column, and on the seabed, are at levels that do not cause harm to the coastal and marine environment.

Member States shall establish threshold values for these levels through cooperation at Union level, taking into account regional or subregional specificities.

​Features (Q5c)

Other features:
A description of any other features or characteristics typical of or specific to the marine region or subregion.

Other relevant legislation (Q8a)

Bathing Water Directive
OSPAR Convention
MSFD D10C1


 
 

Assessment of: (Q4k)
State/Impacts​​Xtemporal trends, spatial distribution, state classification
Pressures
Human activities
causing the pressures
​​
Effectiveness of measures​​

Scale of data aggregation for assessments: (Q10a)
HELCOM assessment unit Level 1: Baltic Sea
​HELCOM assessment unit Level 2: Subbasin
HELCOM assessment unit Level 3: Subbasins with coastal and offshore division​
HELCOM assessment unit Level 4: Subbasins with coastal WFD division
​Other: National
X


MONITORING CONCEPTS TABLE

CoordinationElements
Q9a (Q5c)
Parameter
Q9a (Q5c)
Method
Q9cQ9d
QA/QC
Q9e9f
Frequency
Q9h9i
Spatial resolution
Q9g9i
Link to HELCOM core indicatorsLink to
MSFD GES characteristics

Q5b 
Spatial scope
Q4i
Monitoring started
Q4h
CPs monitoring
NationalFloating macrolitter
Quantity and type of litter items
Aerial survey
NationalFour times per year/each season
​​​Entire German Baltic Sea
-
10.1.2 Trends in the amounts of litter in the water column (including floating at the surface) and deposited on the sea-floor
EEZ2002
Germany
NationalFloating litterQuantity and type of litter items
Visual ship-based observations and samplings
NationalYearly6 stations, 2 transects-
10.1.2 Trends in the amounts of litter in the water column (including floating at the surface) and deposited on the sea-floor 
EEZ2015
Poland

Brief description of monitoring

  

​Element / parameterLitter in the water column & floating litter/Quantity and type of litter items (PL)
​Method
The monitoring will be carried out within the monitoring cruises devoted to other parameters (hydrochemistry and biology). The methodology will be based on visual ship-based observations of floating litter at monitoring stations and at transects, and categorization of material and size
QA/QCNational
FrequencyYearly
Spatial ScopeEEZ
Spatial resolution6 stations, 2 transects



  

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

Monitoring requirements and gaps

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.

Monitoring
requirements


​Gaps



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.

​Adequate data?​No​
Established methods for assessment?​No
​Adequate understanding of GES?No
Adequate capacity to perform assessments?​No




Assessment of natural variability (Q5e)

DATA PROVIDERS AND ACCESS

​Data access point-
Data type (Q10c)-
Data availability (Q10c)​-
​Data access (Q10c)-
​INSPIRE standard (Q10c)-
When will data become available? (Q10c)-
Data update frequency (Q10c)-
Describe how the data and information from the programme will be made accessible to the EC/EEA-
​​Contact points in the Contracting partiesContact point to national monitoring programmes will be added
​Has the data been used in HELCOM assessments?No


 

REFERENCES