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Environmental monitoring with one of the world's most modern research vessels
by Sweden (Government)
A new large research vessel has been commissioned and will be delivered to Sweden, in 2019. Sweden has not had its own larger research vessel since R/V Argos was discontinued in 2011 and currently Sweden rent similar vessels from Denmark and Finland.

Every year, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) carry out a variety of expeditions and surveys as part of a national environmental monitoring effort of the waters around Sweden.

SLU implements five internationally coordinated surveys annually, and uses trawling and advanced echo sounding to search for fish in the Baltic Sea, the Kattegat Sea, and the Skagerrak Strait. The aim is to collect fishery-independent estimates of the number of fish and fish fry in different areas. The surveys collect information on various species of fish, which is then used to make stock estimates and to develop advice on how much fishing is sustainable.

SMHI's oceanographic unit conducts much of the national environmental monitoring of the bodies of water that surround Sweden. The monitoring currently focuses primarily on eutrophication, the proliferation of anoxic bottoms (dead zones), ocean acidification, physical oceanography, marine biology, fisheries hydrography, climate change, and oceanographic data assimilation.

The new Swedish research vessel will also act as a research platform for independent marine research in the North Sea.
Progress reports
Phase I: Construction
January 2019 -
Phase II: Monitoring and Research
Other, please specify
Construction costs USD 49,000,000
Other, please specify
Yearly operating costs USD 4,000,000
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2015 - Open ended
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources (Academic institution), Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (Government), Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (Government), Swedish Maritime Administration (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Countries within the North East Atlantic region, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), OSPAR Commission, Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), NGOs, Other Regional Seas Organizations and col
Contact information
Lars Thorell, Head of the Research Vessel, SLU, Lasse.thorell@slu.se, +46 70-557 15 07
Uppsala, Sweden
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