Inventory of marine species and habitats for development of Natura 2000 network
in the offshore waters of Lithuania
Bladder Wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a threatened seaweed species greatly affected by the decrease in water clarity in the Baltic Sea (photo by D. Daunys)
Moraine ridges up to 5 meters high are geological formations dating back to the glacial age. There are only three locations worldwide where such ridges are found and a 4 sq. km. area near Palanga in Lithuania is the only such site in the Baltic Sea (photo by A. Saskovas)
Black Carrageen (Furcellaria lumbricalis) is one of few seaweed species that can survive strong storms of the eastern Baltic Sea and exist in depths up to 15 meters. Baltic herring is using them as their only spawning grownds in the Lithuanian waters for the reasons still unknown to scientists (photo by D. Daunys)
Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) is one of the most common filter feeder molluscs in temperate lattitudes that bottom-feeding fish and some sea ducks feed on (photo by A. Saskovas)
A world-wide population of Black Guillemot or Tystie (Cepphus grylle), a medium-sized alcid, is up to 700 thousand. These birds are wintering in Lithuanian coastal waters where they can dive down to 50 meters while feeding (photo by G. Grazulevičius)
2015 03 31Today is the final day for implementation of the project “Inventory of marine species and habitats for development of Natura 2000 network in the offshore waters of Lithuania“. We have started all project activities in fall, 2010 – a total of five different institutions and organizations.
The project “Inventory of marine species and habitats for development of Natura 2000 network in the offshore waters of Lithuania (DENOFLIT)” (LIFE09 NAT/LT/000234) is co-financed by the European Union’s LIFE+ Programme, the Republic of Lithuania and project partners.