BSP Coast Watch
Coastwatch BSP is a programm to study animals, plants and
aspects of human impacts on the seashore. The program is suitable
for all ages of students but mostly done with students aged
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BSP Coastwatch is one of BSP common programmes. The aim of it is
to raise awareness for our coastal zone as our valuable shared
resource, for which we have responsibility. Coastwatch
program is suitable for students in all level. It has a common
questionnaire that should be filled in once during two weeks survey
time in autumn, usually in September- October. One questionnaire is
for 500 m of seashore. The questionnaire gives a
possibility to look, describe and investigate different aspects on
the seashore like designation and access to the area, influences
from land, coverage of splash zone, plants and animas, litter etc.
Water quality of inflows is also analyzed. Coast clean-up would be
a good end of the survey. Depending on the age of students the
teacher can vary how deeply different questions are
studied. Every participating school will get a
report in the end of year. The survey is usually done 12. - 25.09
every year. Please send questionnaires to program
Some words from the Program Coordinator of COASTWATCH:
I have got a question about organization of a COASTWATCH events.
I have talked with some experienced collage and have made a couple
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COASTWATCH can stand alone but you could do:
- Investigate the pollution rate/saprobe investigation at the
steams at the coast.
- Collection and identification of animals and plants at the
coast and in the shallow water.
- By doing this use of net bottom sediment collector
(Kajak/Ekman) from bathing jetty or other bridge. Luther rake at
the soft bottom.
- Line taxation of plant societies.
- Investigate the difference of environment in a harbour and the
beach outside this.
- Chemical/physical investigation of the water environment:
Nutrients, pH, oxygen, methylen blue stability, salinity, redox in
the bottom sediment.
- Investigation of sediment.
- Plankton investigation – qualitative with net – quantitative
with water collector.
- Hereby the discussion of blue-green algae.
- Visibility estimate by use of Secci disk.
- More accurate surveying of the coast profile.
- Cultivation of bacteria – selective at medium for coliform
- Investigation of differences of density of water. Cold/hot and
differences in salinity.
- Dissection of fish.
- Photo competition of COASTWATCH investigation. Or a common
subject. Time and number of photos are fixed.
- Video documentation of the road of the fish from sea to
- Become an expert in a beach/sea subject – and tech this at a
minor level. (Why eat fish/shellfish?)(The history of fish eating).
- Multiethnic eating habits. Find some pupils from abroad. Do
they eat more/less or other species of fish in their home – or in
the old home country? How do they cook the fish?
- Fish competition at the Internet. Common and special knowledge.
The Latin names of sea organisms. Rare findings.
- The pupils can find a BSP-class in another country and
challenge them at active knowledge – and read knowledge about the
organism and biology of the beach. And they can chat on tools to
angling and experienced stories from the real live.
- Build an aquarium with organisms from the low water.
- Play memory with species of fish from the part of Baltic Sea as
you are working with.
- The memory game can be used to learn who are living with whom
in the environment.
- Taste and guess (in corporation with the local fishmonger):
e.g. shark, fish eggs (roe), mussels, snail (Littorina).
- Make your own collection/exhibition of shells from the visited
area. Learn the names!
- Make different concentrations of saltwater. Can you taste from
where in the Baltic Sea the water have the same salinity?
- Make a little aquarium and look the mussel eat yeast.
- Make art with dry plants from the beach.
- Build castles of sand.
- Make a drawing of a beach. Cut out organisms from the beach and
glue them on the right place to live on the drawing.
- Make a plaster mosaic with shells to hang on the wall.
- Make a postcard with algae as picture on the card.
These are the annual reports 2009
These are the annual reports 2010
These are the annual reports 2011
BSP COASTWATCH QUESTIONNAIRE
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Connection to UN- Global Sustainable Development Goal
no 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and
marine resources for sustainable development
- Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas
and marine resources for sustainable development
- 14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine
pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities,
including marine debris and nutrient pollution
- 14.2 By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and
coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including
by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their
restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive
- 14.3 Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification,
including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all
- 14.4 By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end
overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and
destructive fishing practices and implement science-based
management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest
time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum
sustainable yield as determined by their biological
- 14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and
marine areas, consistent with national and international law and
based on the best available scientific information
- 14.6 By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies
which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate
subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated
fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies,
recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential
treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an
integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies
- 14.7 By 2030, increase the economic benefits to small island
developing States and least developed countries from the
sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable
management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
- 14.a Increase scientific knowledge, develop research
capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines
on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean
health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to
the development of developing countries, in particular small island
developing States and least developed countries
- 14.b Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine
resources and markets
- 14.c Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and
their resources by implementing international law as reflected in
the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides
the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of
oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of “The
future we want”
Coastwatch on Siikaranta Camp.
Tuesday the 1st of June 18:30 the Coastwatch survey was done at
the beach close to the camp.
All participating countries in the camp (Finland, Poland,
Estonia, Latvia and Denmark) were represented among the 12
Two groups were formed. The first group went one kilometre
south-east and started their survey by going north-west. The second
group started from the camp and went south-east directly from the
Then after less than an hour the two groups met at the coast and
exchanged the findings. The weather was fine and the coast was
inviting and good looking.
The coast consisted of rocks with boulders but relatively easy
to work. Some places there were chiselled letters and pictures in
the hard rock. We discussed when and why this was made.
The hinterland was forest and tourist resort. Only the first
group found inflows to the coast. And these had sign of animal life
but with a certain discolouration.
Because of the brackish water there were only few sea algae and
only limited animal life. Bladder wrack, which is one of the
important algae as we looked for was not there. We saw 12
white swans beautiful feeding near the coast. A single dead bird
was detected. This was an old skeleton and it was not possible to
tell which species.
Of cause there were a certain parts of litter and solid waste.
But not more or worse than you could expect! Among the litter some
cans and a bottle to beer were found. These were from different
nations, but not from Finland!
All the participants found that it was a nice experience and a
nice work along the coast.
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