SUB-PROGRAMME: MACROLITTER CHARASTERISTICS AND ABUNDANCE/VOLUME

Monitoring programme: Litter
Programme topic: Litter

SUB-PROGRAMME 4: MACROLITTER CHARASTERISTICS AND ABUNDANCE/VOLUME - LITTER in biota

 

​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)

10DC3 The amount of litter and micro-litter ingested by marine animals is at a level that does not adversely affect the health of the species concerened. 

Member States shall establish threshold values for these levels through regional or subregional specificities.

10DC4 The number of individuals of each species which are adversely affected due to litter, such as by entanglement, other types of injury or mortality, or health effects.

Member States shall establish threshold values for these levels through 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 D10C3 and D10C4


 
 

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
NationalLitter in biota
Quantity and type of litter in animal stomachs
OSPAR EcoQOOSPAROpportunity bases
1-
10.2.1 Trends in the amount and composition of litter ingested by marine animals
EEZ2002
Denmark


Brief description of monitoring

  

​Element / parameter-
​Method
-
QA/QC-
Frequency-
Spatial Scope-
Spatial resolution-


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