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Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea as the area, which is particularly sensitive to the threats resulting from navigation and fishery

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Within the charged tasks, the Marine Office in Gdynia has conducted a regular control of the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone since 1973. Since 1994, it has used for this purpose a plane provided with specialized equipment. Monitoring is conducted for the Polish Marine Areas and it consists in:

  • detection of pollution and its perpetrators,
  • preparation of evidence material in order to call a ship owner or individuals to administrative or penal liability.

Apart from the routine patrol flights, the plane of the Marine Office in Gdynia also participates in international air operations for detection of pollutants. In 2003 this institution was again an organiser of the CEPCO (Coordinated Extended Pollution Control Operation) international air
& marine operation on the waters of the southern Baltic belonging to Denmark, Sweden and Poland.

As the result of this operation, 4 oil-derived pollutants were detected. In the years 1994-2003, jointly 343 pollutants and 36 perpetrators were detected. In total, 765 flights were made.

Marine education in Gdynia Aquarium

Gdynia Aquarium, which belongs to the Fishery Marine Institute in Gdynia, is an exhibition and didactic establishment, the main task of which is popularisation of the knowledge about the sea and marine environment in the aspect of biological variety and adaptations to life in sea and ocean ecosystems. The task of aquarium exhibitions, models and specimens of various animals, presented there, is to show visitors the wealth of sea and ocean life, and to attract attention to the problems of marine environment protection. Every year more than 300,000 guests visits this place.

The Gdynia Aquarium also conducts the educational activity. Since 2001, there has been implemented a special program of the ecological education entitled “Chronmy nasz Ba³tyk” (Protect our Baltic), addressed to different age groups: children, young people and students. During the lectures and cruises in the Gulf of Gdansk, the participants to the program gain knowledge of geological history, hydrology, flora and fauna of the Baltic Sea, pollution and its influence on the living organisms as well as the methods and possibilities of saving the “health” of our sea.

This year the program has been extended by 7 topics.

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