• ''Sea snow'' observed in Baltic Sea reef mapping expedition

    In September, good weather conditions were expected for the study of the bottom of the Baltic Sea in the LIFE REEF project – from the port of Klaipeda with the sailboat “Brabander” and the accompanying flotilla – scientists went to study deep shoals and observed an unusual ph...
  • Researchers finds very rare fish species in Baltic Sea

    Researching the Baltic Sea reefs during the LIFE REEF project, this summer the researchers not only obtained valuable data on the state of the habitats on the seabed, but also encountered very rare fish species.A team of ichthyologists with a fishing vessel from the port of Ventspils went to Baltic ...
  • Chinese mitten-crab Eriocheir sinensis

    Chinese mitten-crab Eriocheir sinensis. During a walk along the coastline of the Baltic Sea, LIFE REEF team invites to observe nature biodiversity and report to the Manager of Invasive Species, if you meet the Chinese mitten-crab that is not representative species of Latvian Fauna.One of the main si...
  • Common shelduck Tadorna tadorna

    At the beginning of waterbird hunting season, we want to introduce to the Specially Protected Bird Species The common shelduck. Unfortunately, for the common shelduck, the beginning of the hunting of water birds is full of worries. Its chickens have not yet matured to go independent, as well as adul...
  • LIFE REEF team takes part in the summer camp of the young riders

    During the period from 12 to 14 July, summer camp “Discovering Coastal Secrets” for Latvian new riders took place near coastline of Gulf of Riga near Salacgrīva.On 14 July, the LIFE REEF project team introduced young students to marine biodiversity. At the beginning of the day, Solvita S...
  • Bulls not only in meadows but also in the sea

    As the midsummer festival is by the corner, the REEF project presents one of the species of sea bulls, the four-horned sculpin, Myoxocephalus quadricornis.The fourth horn sculpin is a species of benthic fish that occurs both in the sea and in freshwater. It is a cold water-loving species and its nat...
  • The first expedition in mapping reefs of Baltic Sea was successful

    Marine research has taken place within the LIFE REEF project from 3 June to 7 June. With the sailing ship "Brabander" owned by Klaipeda University and the flotilla accompanying two boats, deep shoal surveys were carried out in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia. Various methods were use...
  • A website has been set up to obtain public observations on the distribution of invasive species in Latvia

    In order to make it easier to report the observed alien species and to obtain more information about the sites of invasive species in Latvia, the Nature Conservation Agency in the project LIFE-IP LatViaNature has set up an Invasive Species Manager online to help raise public awareness of invasive sp...
  • How Kākaulis got its name

    As the holidays approach, we want to introduce with “Kākaulis” Clangula hyemalis. In spring, it is often possible to hear the voice of Clangula hyemalis, which gives a special atmosphere to a quiet evening by the sea. When they get together, the whole sea seems to be singing. The Latvian...
  • Video film of the Project activities

    The film produced by the Nature Conservation Agency is in English and reflects the activities planned in the LIFE REEF project in a concentrated way.The scientific studies of the LIFE REEF project are needed to ensure the protection of habitats, which will contribute to both the improvement of fish ...
  • REEF project can be found on social media

    Please be welcomed to follow for news of the Project in social mediaAs social networks have become an integral part of society today, LIFE REEF takes advantage of the opportunities offered. The objectives, tasks, results and day-to-day work of the project will be regularly reflected in social networ...
  • The sea bunny comes in Easter colors

    As Easter approaches, we would like to introduce you with Sea Bunnies or lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus). The lumpfish is still a mystery to most of the public, as it has no significant economic significance in the Baltic Sea. In Northern Europe, on the other hand, it is used in small quantities and i...
  • Project Launch Seminar was held On-line

    On March 24, the project launch seminar "Research of marine protected habitats in EEZ and determination of the necessary conservation status in Latvia" (hereinafter - “LIFE REEF project”) took place online and was attended by more than eighty participants. Andrejs Svilāns, Dire...
  • Please be welcomed to LIFE REEF Launch Seminar

    Within "Research of marine protected habitats in EEZ and determination of the necessary conservation status in Latvia" (hereinafter LIFE REEF project) it is planned to map and explore marine habitats of European Union importance Stony Reefs nad Sandbanks in the baltic Sea propper within 41...
  • REEF project has held the first meeting of the Steering Committee

    After successful nomination of participants and the issuance of an order on the establishment of a Steering Committee, the first meeting of REEF project management team and all members of the Steering Committee was held online. Online meeting was organized on February 24, 2021, with the presence of ...
  • The project partners met at the first group meetings

    The first week of the new year was quite busy for the team of project REEF with first two meetings taking place online. The first meeting on the MS Teams platform took place on January 7. The aim of the meeting was to get to know each other, which was successfully done by all 18 participants of the ...
  • Research on marine habitats has started

    Combating invasive alien species at sea, research and mapping of marine habitats, as well as proposals for the protection of specially protected fish and bird species - all of this is planned in the project "Research of Marine Protected Habitats and Determination of the Necessary Protection Sta...
  • Established Steering Committee of the Project

    In order to ensure success of the European Union's environmental and climate action LIFE project "Research of marine protected Habitats in the EEA and Determination of the Necessary Conservation status in Latvia" LIFE19 NAT/E/000973 REEF (hereinafter - the Project) on the basis of the ...
  • LIFE REEF receives the award as the best new project

    At this year's award ceremony of the European Union's LIFE program, “LIFE REEF” project for the development of marine protected areas prepared and implemented by the Nature Conservation Agency (hereinafter - the Agency), launched this autumn, received an award as the highest rate...

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