Supporting the national monitoring of Marine Strategy Framework Indicators (39304)

Project Details


In support of the national implementation of EUs Marine Framework Strategy Directive, the project assembles a one-off monitoring of indicators of the following aspects:
- Quality of sandeel habitat
- Proportion of large top predatory fish
- Biomass of planktonic secondary producers
- Pressure on the sea bed from towed fishing gear
- Marine macro-litter
- Marine micro-litter in the food chain
The quality of sandeel habitat is measured as the fraction of sampling sites in known sandeel habitat which are unsuitable for sandeel due to excessive silt content. The proportion of large top predatory fish describes the proportion of large cod and saithe in Danish waters, and biomass of secondary producers is measured as the annual average biomass of zooplankton of three size categories in Skagerrak/Kattegat in summer.

Pressure on the seabed is measured from VMS data and the minimum area which sustains 90 % of all pressure estimated together with the effectively unfished area. Macro-litter is measured as the average catch of litter in fish trawl surveys, whereas micro-litter in the food chain is monitored as the amount and occurrence of microplastic particles in stomachs from pelagic and demersal fish.

This project was coordinated by DTU Aqua and funded by the Danish Nature Agency.

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Research area: Oceanography
Effective start/end date15/05/201531/12/2015