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To explain the myths and tell the truth about the Baltic Sea will be the main task of LIAE when taking part into the Gulf of Riga Regatta, starting on 28 June from Ventspils. Facts about pharmaceuticals in seawater, various pollutants and microplastics in our marine areas, as well as non-indigenous species will be presented at the event on 29 June. It will be possible also to taste a soup cooked from non-indigenous crabs and round gobies! More about regatta - https://gulfofrigaregatta.eu/en

We are proud to announce that two new articles have been published in April and May containing LIAE's research results -

Suhareva, N., Aigars, J., Poikane, R., Jansons, M. Development of fish age normalization technique for pollution assessment of marine ecosystem, based on concentrations of mercury, copper, and zinc in dorsal muscles of fish. Environ Monit Assess 192, 279 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-020-08261-x

Zawiska, I.; Dimante-Deimantovica, I.; Luoto, T.P.; Rzodkiewicz, M.; Saarni, S.; Stivrins, N.; Tylmann, W.; Lanka, A.; Robeznieks, M.; Jilbert, T. Long-Term Consequences of Water Pumping on the Ecosystem Functioning of Lake Sekšu, Latvia. Water 202012, 1459. https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/12/5/1459

 

 
While most of scientific events have been cancelled or postponed Environmental toxicology and chemistry society - SETAC Europe has held its 30th Annual Meeting although for the first time as a virtual event. Online presentations and poster sessions were held at 3-7 May 2020 and LIAE took the advantage to participate with two poster presentations. Part of results by Interreg BSR project CWPharma were summarized in a poster "Biotests evaluate contaminants reduction via advanced waste water treatment" (presented I.Putna-Nīmane). The second poster "Determination of acute and chronic ecotoxicological effects of leachates from geosynthetics in different stages of artificial hydraulic engineering application process" included outcomes of ERA-Net RUS Plus project EI-GEO and of postodoctoral grant No. 1.1.1.2/VIAA/3/19/465 (presented by E. Strode).
Conference home page  https://dublin.setac.org/ and virtual venue https://scicon.setac.org/#topics-tab are available also now.

Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology has organised the release of a new documentary "Baltic hitchhakers" depicting the spread of invasive species in the Baltic Sea via shipping. The creation of movie has been a task of the project COMPLETE, funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme. Watch it here - https://www.balticcomplete.com/publications/movies

Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology has started implementation of the second PostDoc project -

"Development of early warning system for environmental health by using state-of-the-art ecotoxicological methods targeting reproductive variables in amphipods".

The project aims to identify biomarkers and eco-toxicological approach for detection of reproductive disorders in amphipods as screening tools and early warning system (EWS) for assessment of environmental quality in water.

The overall objective of the project is to adopt and implement novel approaches in the interdisciplinary field of biological indicators to predict and control the environmental quality in aquatic ecosystems – for the first time in Latvia.

The project is ERDF funded post-doctoral research 1.1.1.2/16/I/001 (application No 1.1.1.2/VIAA/3/19/465) 

On 20 April 2017 Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology has started a field work phase of pilot investigation on sustainable and innovative use of marine resources as a task in the project "SmartBlueRegions". Two sets of three ropes as a substrate for settling and further growth of bivalves Dreissena polymorpha will be deployed in the Gulf of Riga near Zvejniekciems and Lapmežciems for testing. Bivalves are important players in the self-purification processes of the Baltic Sea water. #SmartBlueRegions, #SUBMARINER Network

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