The coastal ecosystem is of utmost importance to the well-being of the whole of the Baltic Sea. It is vital as the spawning ground and nursery for a wide range of organisms, i.e., fish, algae and invertebrates. It is also important as feeding grounds for pelagic fish and a source of pleasure for the human population. Some 3.5 million leisure boats in the Baltic Sea use the coastal areas for recreational boating. A great majority of these boats use toxic compounds to prevent fouling organisms to attach to the boat hull (antifouling). Today, the most commonly used biocide in antifouling paints is copper oxide but other prohibited compounds such as TBT is still being released to the environment during hull cleaning and maintenance work.
The overall objective of the CHANGE project is to reduce to a minimum the supply of toxic compounds from antifouling paints used on leisure boats in the Baltic Sea. This will be achieved by changing antifouling practices on leisure boats into a sustainable consumption of antifouling products and techniques. For that purpose CHANGE will develop an interdisciplinary and integrated scientific platform of Business administration, environmental law and natural science that will work in close collaboration with stakeholders and end-users to identify the interrelated impacts and driving forces inherent in the problem.
The Conference Hav och samhälle will be held at Lindholmen Conference Center in Gothenburg, 14-15 November.
The BONUS CHANGE project will present the extensive policy recommendation document produced within the project and the boat tests with biocide free antifouling methods performed during 2015 and 2016.Read more
Here are the BONUS CHANGE’s recommendations on how to become more sustainable regarding Antifouling Practices on leisure boats. It concerns authorities, boat clubs, marinas and boat owners! Any comments or views should be placed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be regarded!Read more
The BONUS CHANGE project is pleased to invite you to a final seminar in Helsinki, 7th of November. The BONUS CHANGE team will present the results and the policy recommendations on how to change antifouling practices on leisure boats and in marinas into sustainable practices.
If you haven’t already registered please do so now! The seminar will be open for everyone interested – please feel free to spread this invitation to interested parties in your network.
The 18-19 of May CHANGE will have an exhibition stand at the European Maritime Day in Poole. The Project team will share the latest research results and talk about the alternatives to biocide leaching Antifoulingpaint. Mia, Bianca and Magnus from CHANGE and our friend Odd from Boatwasher will be there.Read more
On the 24th of March Maria Bighiu, PhD student and partly funded by BONUS and CHANGE will defend her thesis: “Use and environmental impact of antifouling Paints in the Baltic Sea”
All are welcome to attend at De Geersalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Stockholm University, Svante Arrhenius väg 14. The defend will start at 10 am.Read more
The German Boating Magazine “boote” has, in a video and a article, highlighted the boat tests done by Burkard Watermann at LimnoMar. LimnoMar is one of the partners in the CHANGE-consortium.Read more
Soon the Change project will release a report on all the Boat Tests performed during 2015 and 2016. The Change project has tested several alternative methods to traditional copper based antifouling paint.Read more
Here you can read more about CHANGE activities during Almedalsveckan 2016. The BONUS project CHANGE, SHEBA, ZEB, BALTSPACE and ESABALT sailed with Hrimfare of Ranrike from Gothenburg to Visby.Read more
CHANGE will be presented at the Swedish politician week Almedalen. We will participate in the seminar Towards cleaner and safer shipping in the Baltic Sea at Västsvenska Arena 3 july 2016, 16:30-1730. We will also have an exhibition on board the research vessel Hrimfare af Ranrike where you can meet researchers from the BONUS projects […]Read more
Coordinator Mia Dahlström
Department of Chemistry, Materials and Surfaces
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)10 516 53 40