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03.08.2018 BONUS MICROPOLL publishes training material for plastic monitoring

An educational video (link below) of different cost effective and user friendly methods applied for marine litter sampling on beaches around the Baltic Sea was developed in BONUS MICROPOLL (partner Klaipeda University). The Rake-method covers the whole width of the beach between the waterline and the vegetation, cliff etc. while the goal of the Tidal method is to survey beach wrack that washed up along the beach after stormy events. Additionally, the 100m OSPAR method is presented, a naked eye method investigating macro-litter (> 25 mm) on the surface of the beach.

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12.09.2018 12:19New COCOA publication! (Sources & Sinks: A Tale of Coastal Biogeochemistry - BONUS COCOA)

A new study from the BONUS COCOA project has recently been published:


Irma Vybernaite-Lubiene (Marine Research Institute, Klaipeda University, Lithuania) and co-workers intensively sampled the Nemunas River just before the Curonian Lagoon, in order to calculate monthly loads of nutrients generated by one of the main point pollution sources of the Baltic Sea. During 2012–2016, they patiently created an extensive data set, including all forms of nitrogen (N), silicate (Si) and phosphorous (P), to investigate seasonal and annual nutrient variations with respect to discharge, climatic features, and historical trends.
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Results show that nutrient loads varied yearly by up to 50% and their concentrations underwent strong seasonality, with N and Si limitation during summer. Changes in agricultural practices resulted in similar N export from the river watershed compared to historical data (1986–2002), while improvements in sewage treatment led to a ~60% decrease of P loads.
Irma concludes that further P reductions are needed to avoid unbalanced dissolved inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus (DIN:DIP~10) ecological stoichiometry in summer, which may stimulate undesired cyanobacterial blooms.


These data are an important contribution to the scattered available information on the largest nutrient source to the Curonian Lagoon and add another piece to the puzzle explaining the links among watersheds and downstream transitional aquatic ecosystems suffering non-linear responses and frequent collapse events (…and furthermore, they allow Irma to dance her PhD in a couple of months, well done and fingers crossed!).



You can read the full story here:

Vybernaite-Lubiene I, Zilius M, Saltyte-Vaisiauske L, Bartoli M (2018) Recent Trends (2012–2016) of N, Si, and P Export from the Nemunas River Watershed: Loads, Unbalanced Stoichiometry, and Threats for Downstream Aquatic Ecosystems. Water10(9),1178. www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/10/9/1178

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Hugh Kearns at YSC2017
The sixth BONUS Young Scientist Club convened on 12 June 2017 at the 11th Baltic Sea Science Congress in Rostock, Germany. 

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