On 27th of November 2019, was officially launched the underwater museum in Enez city, Turkey, by submerging the historical artefacts in the water near to the old port of Ainos ancient town.
The fourth edition of the Black Sea Cross brought a record number of participants. Over 2000 adults and children responded to the call to run for the Black Sea, throwing also marine litter to the basket.
A team of 17 marine scientists from 4 countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine) onboard the research vessel “Mare Nigrum“ carried out a sampling of water, sediments and marine organisms to assess the health of Black Sea. The team travelled 20 transects with a length of 619 km, totalling about 60 hours and more than 300 sightings were collected, with a weight of over 50% of the birds.
The project “Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea marine ecosystem to human pressures“ (ANEMONE), coordinated by the National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa”, Romania, in partnership with the Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey/Marmara Research Center, the Turkish Marine Research Foundation and the Ukrainian Scientific Center of Ecology of the Sea announces today, 30 September 2019, the beginning of the Black Sea Joint Scientific Cruise, one of its core activities.
On 25 September 2019, an innovative online platform providing data on the Black Sea currents and marine litter pollution will be presented at the Flora Exposition Center in Burgas. The platform is designed so that data can be added to it by both scientific organizations and individual citizens who have monitored the waste. The system will enable the marine litter pollution to be tracked in a more complete and accessible way and will support both the research in the area and volunteering for the Black Sea.
MONITOX International Symposium “Deltas and Wetlands” was organized in the period 15th-17th September 2019 by Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development, Tulcea, and Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania (Leader Beneficiary), in the frame of the project, “Black Sea Basin interdisciplinary cooperation network for sustainable joint monitoring of environmental toxicants migration, improved evaluation of ecological state and human health impact of harmful substances, and public exposure prevention” (acronym “MONITOX”), code BSB27 in cooperation with the partner institutions: Institute of Zoology, Republic of Moldova; Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Kavala, Greece; and Institute of Geology and Seismology, Republic of Moldova.
HydroEcoNex (BSB165) – Raising the environmental awareness of the youth on transboundary river values
The public awareness in environmental issues is the only guarantee for a safety environment and ecosystems prosperity. In summer 2019 within the project “Creating a system of innovative transboundary monitoring of the transformations of the Black Sea river ecosystems under the impact of hydropower development and climate change – HydroEcoNex” (BSB165), leading by the Institute of Zoology from Chişinău, Republic of Moldova, the project partner International Association of River Keepers “Eco-Tiras” organized on the Nistru/Dinester River bank the Youth Summer School (YSS) for 77 youngsters of 16-21 ages youngsters from Moldova, its Transdniester region, and Ukraine, selected on the basis of serious competition, within the scope to familiarize the youth with the river values, the river ecosystem services and the impacts of hydropower on the river.
Constanţa County Council, the lead beneficiary of the project Black Sea Joint Environmental Monitoring and Protection – ALERT (BSB538) is organizing a press conference on 18 July 2019, starting with 10:00 am. The event will be held at the headquarters of Constanţa County Council, “Remus Opreanu” Hall.
NGO Green Strandzha from Bulgaria, one of the MARLENA project beneficiaries, organized on 26 June 2019 another cleaning of hard-to-reach places on the route from Ahtopol to the mouth of the Veleka river. This is the second clean-up campaign organized this year within the project MARLENA: Marine and River Litter Elimination New Approach (BSB139).