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Monitoring environmental impact on the Baltic Sea

The purpose of the BALCOFISH project is to build a network of scientists and environmental managers working with coastal fish species of the Baltic Sea. The modern society utilizes more man-made chemicals than ever before. Many of these end up in the coastal environment as chemical mixtures, impacting the well-being of organisms (including ourselves). For this purpose it is important to unravel causal links between the current pollution situation and effects observed in the field. To establish such links we will develop novel toxicogenomics approaches and integrate these with existing early effects biomarkers. These responses will be anchored to effects relevant to the sustainability of coastal fish populations of the Baltic Sea, such as reproduction, larvae development and population dynamics. The project will explore and establish eelpout (Zoarces viviparus) as a coastal indicator organism for assessing acceptable impacts of pollutants in the Baltic Sea areas.
Approaches will be explored and strategies will be tested in the 6 work packages.
The BALCOFISH project is funded by BONUS, Baltic Orgnisations Network for Funding Sciences. More information about BONUS you will find on the BONUS homepage.


The BALCOFISH project is now successfully accomplished. In June 2012 BONUS Steering Committee accepted BALCOFISH final reporting document. The BALCOFISH scientists will continue their collaboration and publication of the outcome of the project. Please find the final reporting document here:BALCOFISH final reporting document.


Read about Balcofish in the briefing report from October 2011.


Next Balcofish meeting is 8-9 June, 2011 in Öregrund, Sewden


Read more about Balcofish in the BONUS newsletter from November 2010!


Contact Information

Prof. Lars Förlin

Box 463, 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden,

+46-31 786 3676

+46-31 41 67 29

A Bonus project

A BONUS financed project

Baltic Organisation Network for Funding Sciences is funding the BALCOFISH project

Page Manager: Noomi Asker |Last update: 8/29/2012

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