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 12th of March Change will hold a seminar at Stockholm Boat Fair. Below you will find the complete invitation. Please do not forget to register before the 7th of March at firstname.lastname@example.org. When? The 12th of March, 13:00-16:15 Where? Stockholm Boat Fair, Älvsjö, Room K12Read more
Last season a number of boaters took part in a test arranged by the CHANGE project in collaboration with the Swedish Boat Union (SBU). The test boaters used different mechanical methods and the aim was to study how well these functioned according to boaters. The tested methods were boat washing in water, uptake during season […]Read more
On the 11th of February CHANGE invites boat owners to a meeting held at Marint Centrum in Simrishamn. The meeting starts at 18.00. During the evening people from CHANGE will present results from the research followed by a question and answer session.
You will find the invitation here.Read more
CHANGE has now become a Flagship Project in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. As a Flagship the project should form pilot activities for desired change on a practical and policy level and translate objectives and actions into concrete activities.Read more
It is possible to keep the boat hull clean from fouling organisms without any biocide containing antifouling paint. This is the conclusion of the boat tests 2015. The boat tests where carried out by the CHANGE-project together with the Swedish Boating Association.Read more
The test panels have been in the water since middle of may. The inspection video from Fiskebäck (outside Gothenburg) in late August shows a lot of small barnacles feeding on the untreated panels.Read more
CHANGE will have Three posters at the Baltic Sea Science Congress held in Riga 15-19 June 2015. Read what the PhD students in the CHANGE project have to say about their contribution to the Congress.Read more
This weekend you can visit CHANGE at Kalmar boat fair and get some advice on how to keep your hull clean from fouling organisms in an environmentally friendly way. Kalmar Boat Fair is held in the guest harbor situated in the city center of Kalmar. The fair is open for visitors from 12.00 a.m. the 26 of May to 16.00 p.m. the 31 of May. The admission is free.Read more
How much copper do you need in an antifouling paint to keep the hull fouling-free? That is a question that CHANGE wants to answer.Read more
Coordinator Mia Dahlström Sjögren
Department of Chemistry, Materials and Surfaces
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)10 516 53 40