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Effects of bottom trawling: IOW leads large Baltic Sea field experiment with four research vessels

The research vessels ELISABETH MANN BORGESE and ALKOR in the Baltic Sea
The IOW research vessel ELISABETH MANN BORGESE and the ALKOR from GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel will participate in the IOW's Baltic Sea field trial on the effects of bottom trawling. Photo: IOW / R. Prien

On July 16, 2024, a 19-day research cruise will start in the Baltic Sea led by the IOW to investigate the impact of bottom trawling on the seabed and the organisms living there. In addition to the IOW research vessel ELISABETH MANN BORGESE, three more research vessels from other institutions are involved in the large-scale bottom trawling simulation experiment near Warnemünde. The experiment is part of the collaborative project of the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM) to study the effects of bottom trawling on marine protected areas in the North and Baltic Seas.


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