German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Transcript of the Fehmarn Belt SAC video

Sand ripples up to three metres in height are a typical element of the Baltic Strait and characterize the Fehmarn Belt protected area. The area includes the most densely populated and species-rich reefs in the German Baltic Sea. These are covered with macro-algae to a depth of about 20 metres. The presence of sensitive and long-living species is an indicator of consistently favourable environmental conditions. The Fehmarn Belt is a narrow strait up to 35 metres in depth. Approximately 70% of the exchange of waters between the North Sea and the Baltic takes place through this passage. It therefore has an important networking function, as it serves as a migration route for many different animal species and aids the distribution of small organisms and fish larvae.