Genetic tools for Ecosystem health Assessment in the North Sea region (GEANS)

The quality of the seafloor habitat is an important barometer for marine ecosystem health. In order to accurately measure the quality, GEANS will mainstream implementation of fast, accurate and cost-effective DNA-based assessments. This will enable national authorities to improve the management of human activities and protection of the marine environment across the North Sea Region in a transnational coherent way. GEANS will conduct pilot studies concerning environmental impact assessments (renewable energy, aquaculture and sand extraction and suppletion), and concerning monitoring in relation to European directives (non-indigenous species and hard substrates). These pilots will be conducted in close cooperation with stakeholders.



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Stakeholders are ready to start using DNA-based monitoring methods

10 November 2022

In the final stages of GEANS, it is of the utmost importance to be in line with stakeholders’ expectations and needs. During a hybrid stakeholder work…

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Save the date - GEANS Stakeholder workshop Advances in DNA-based methods for marine management questions 26 October 2022 (9:30 – 13:00 CET)

13 September 2022

Are you involved in ecosystem health management or responsible for setting out environmental impact assessments or commissioning tenders? Are you inte…

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GEANS 5th newsletter

06 July 2022

GEANS has made good progress in the last six months.

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Monitoring hard-bottom communities: the podcast

13 June 2022

Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures or ARMS are proving to be excellent monitoring tools for hard-bottom communities, especially in combination with…

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