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Aquatic environment plans work – Danish marine environment improving

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Posted June 12, 2015

Aarhus University researchers have analysed data regarding environmental conditions in the Danish coastal areas during the last 30 years.

Eelgrass is a key component of Danish coastal waters. After many years of decline, it finally looks as though there are more and larger eelgrass meadows in the shallow water. Image credit: Peter Bondo Christensen

Eelgrass is a key component of Danish coastal waters. After many years of decline, it finally looks as though there are more and larger eelgrass meadows in the shallow water. Image credit: Peter Bondo Christensen

The results show that the Danish Action Plan for the Aquatic Environment has led to a marked decrease in the amount of nutrients in the inner Danish waters. At long last, this provides plentiful marine life, but the coastal areas continue to be vulnerable. Unfortunately, climate change in many ways counteracts efforts for a better environmental quality.

Denmark prepared its first aquatic environment plan in 1985. Shortly afterwards, it was possible to ascertain that the amount of nutrients had decreased, but the biological improvements were slow to come. However, researchers at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, can now demonstrate that the amount of eelgrass in the Danish coastal areas has increased during the last five years. This is a good indication that the aquatic environment plans are working.

Source: Aarhus University

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