German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Marine Nature Conservation

Scientists identify Baltic Sea Grey Seals (2016)

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Last century, grey seals were endangered throughout the Baltic Sea. Conservation work enabled numbers slowly to recover across the Baltic. These large seals are now returning also to the German Baltic coast, most of all in winter and spring – including in waters around the island of Rügen. The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), South-East Rügen Biosphere Reserve and conservation organisations are now taking coordinated census counts in Greifswald Bay.

In 2016, the German Oceanographic Museum and the University of Rostock, in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, launched the first research project on the German Baltic Sea coast for photo identification of grey seals in the bay.

Protected Areas – safeguarding marine biodiversity (2015)

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Our planet's oceans are home to a fascinating wealth of biodiversity. From their shores to the deep seas, they feature spectacular and ecologically important habitats. Safeguarding this marine diversity for the future is a major challenge. One way is by establishing marine protected areas - something that BfN has been worked to achieve for many years.
Germany has already made an important contribution to the European Natura 2000 protected area network by designating several marine protected areas in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Natura 2000 serves to conserve threatened species and habitats across Europe. But the OSPAR and Helsinki Conventions and the CDB, too, call for an increase in the number of marine protected areas in order to protect marine biodiversity in sensitive habitats.
With impressive footage, some of it taken in the deep sea, the film shows that ecologically valuable marine areas need our commitment.


Sustainable fishing methods on trial (2015)

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A joint research project by BfN and NABU with fishing crews from Schleswig-Holstein has led in the last few months to refinements to several types of alternative fishing gear like longlines and jigging-reels. The trials have shown that the new fishing gear is fit for use in working conditions in the Baltic Sea.


Towards sustainable fisheries (2014)

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Fishing urgently needs to be made greener and more sustainable. One option is the development or improvement of fishing gear, like those which are tested and optimized among others by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in research projects in the Baltic sea. These fishing gears could become an alternative to gillnets and help stop endangered species like Harbour Porpoises ending up as by-catch.


The Sturegon - Fish of the year 2014

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The sturgeon was Fish of the Year 2014. This primitive migratory fish is returning to the Elbe River and the North Sea and to the Oder River and the Baltic Sea - the outcome of a long-term research and reintroduction programme for the European and the Baltic Sea sturgeon. In 2013, the sturgeon project was named a project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity. The film explains why BfN and BMUB are working in this way to conserve this threatened species.


Saving the Sturgeon (2014)

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Sturgeon species belong to the highly endangered migratory fish species and were thought to be extinct in Germany. Since many years, the BfN supports long-term research, breeding and re-introduction projects for European Sturgeon (Acipenser studio) and Baltic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus). The project goal is to restore sturgeon populations. For the European Sturgeon, a national action plan for the European sturgeon, historically native to the North Sea and its tributaries, was published.


Monitoring Marine Habitats (2013)

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Nature conservation work requires knowledge about the condition of ecosystems and how they change. This knowledge is gathered by long-term systematic monitoring of the environment, species and habitats.


Protecting Harbour Porpoises (2013)

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The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has worked for many years to protect harbour porpoises. This is the smallest cetacean species found in the North and Baltic Seas, and the only native one. On the occasion of the International Day of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise on the 19th of May 2013, BfN draws the attention to the ongoing threatening and need for protection of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoises. Even if Harbour porpoises are still sighted fairly regularly in the western Baltic Sea, they are highly endangered eastward of the Darss Sill. BfN is highly engaged in the protection and also in the monitoring of these sensitive marine mammals.


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