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.
At the National Leisure Boat Conference held in Stockholm in the beginning of December BONUS CHANGE presented the main research findings achieved by the Project during the last four years, something the Newspaper Skärgården highlighted in an article. You will find the article here. One of the conclusions drawn from the research within the project is that most biocidal AF […]Read more
The BONUS CHANGE project, Transportstyrelsen and Miljösamverkan Stockholms Län welcome you to the National Conference for Environmentally Friendly Boating, 4-5 December 2017. Here you will find the invitation Sing up hereRead more
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
Coordinator Mia Dahlström
Department of Chemistry, Materials and Surfaces
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)10 516 53 40