• National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa“ (NIMRD), Romania

The National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa” – NIMRD is involved in basic research and applied technology, crucial for the understanding, protection and management of coastal and marine environment in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Romania at the Black Sea coast. NIMRD is the scientific responsible of the national network of physical, chemical and biological marine monitoring and coastal erosion surveillance. The Institute is the scientific responsible for the MSFD implementation. Among the main responsibilities of NIMRD at national and international levels, we mention the presidency and secretariat of the Romanian National Oceanography Committee/RNC-UNESCO, the Permanent Technical Secretariat of the National Coastal Zone Committee, coordinator and secretary of the International Secretariat for the South-Eastern Europe of the Balkan Environmental Association, coordinator and secretary of the Regional Activity Center for Environmental Aspects Fisheries and Other Marine

Living Resources Management (RAC FOMLRM), as well as five other national focal points of the Black Sea Commission (Pollution Monitoring and Assessment, Biodiversity, Land-Based Sources of Pollution, ICZM, FOMLRM), coordinators of the Working Group for the Black Sea of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), provides scientific representation of Romania in international bodies (UNESCO/IOC, CIESM, FAO, GFCM, CECAF, ICES, NATO, GEF/Black Sea, ACCOBAMS).

More details: http://www.rmri.ro




  • Non-governmental environmental organization Mare Nostrum (Mare Nostrum), Romania

Mare Nostrum consists of a team of committed people with initiative and burning desire to change the world for the better, fighting over 20 years for biodiversity conservation and to preserve the marine ecosystem of Black Sea. Our mission is to empower community, by changing mentalities in order to increase the respect and responsibility towards environment and applying solutions that preserve coastal and Black Sea resources. The vision involves developing responsible environmental communities that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of resources to improve quality of life and preserving biological diversity.  From the very beginning, waste management represented one of Mare Nostrum directions. Starting with 1999, were initiated information and awareness campaigns for tourists regarding selective collection of waste Romanian beaches. The longest project implemented by Mare Nostrum is Coastwatch that started in 1999 and is still an actual activity. Cetacean strandings monitoring and dolphin watch are constant concerns of Mare Nostrum.

More details: www.marenostrum.ro


  • Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Science (IO-BAS), Bulgaria

IO-BAS is a research institute under the auspice of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with principal investigation activities, thematic competences and experiences in the field of marine biology and ecology, chemistry, geology, physics and coastal dynamics. The institute’s mission is to advance the scientific basis for sustainable management of the Black Sea ecosystem and its living and non-living resources. Being designated as the national body responsible for the implementation of the monitoring under the EU water environmental policies (Water Framework Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive) in the Bulgarian Black Sea, the institute carries out regular field survey campaigns and reports annually on the marine environmental status to the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Waters. The organization sets the environmental targets and develops the associated indicators and classification systems for assessment of the marine environmental pressures, impacts and state in terms of its pelagic and benthic biodiversity, invasive non-native species, commercial fish and shellfish, marine mammals, eutrophicaton, physical disturbance of the seabed, hydrographic changes, underwater noise and marine litter. It has provided major support to the regional authorities (the Black Sea Basin Directorate, regional subdivision of the Ministry of Environment and Water) in designing the national marine monitoring programmes compliant to the WFD and MSFD. IO-BAS has played prominent role in the designation of marine protected areas network under the provisions of the European Habitats Directive.

More details: www.io-bas.bg


  • Scientific Research Institution «Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea» (UkrSCES), Ukraine

UkrSCES is a unique institution of all state ecological systems of monitoring within the Black and Azov Seas, which provides a whole complex of tasks of the ecological monitoring. The main task of UkrSCES is scientific and practical providing of realization of public policy of Ukraine in relation to the protection, rational use and rehabilitation of natural resources of the Black and Azov Seas basin, and also providing implementation of international obligations of Ukraine, in relation to marine aspects.  Main concerns: creating programs for monitoring the marine environment, including integrated monitoring of the marine environment (meteorology, hydrology, hydrophysics, geology, hydrochemistry, water and sediment pollution, hydrobiology, biota pollution marine litter and mammals monitoring, bioassay by Mytilus larvae and microalgae), EIA, conducting comprehensive monitoring of the marine environment with assessment, diagnosis and prognosis; development, testing and adaptation of integrated tools for the assessment the environmental state (TRIX, BEAST, EN); creating and maintaining a common database which will involve the cutting-edge practices, be fully compliant with the best worldwide platforms and contribute to knowledge of the Black Sea in worldwide context; creating user-friendly interactive GIS services.

More details: http://www.sea.gov.ua


  • The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Marmara Research Center (TUBİTAK-MAM), Turkey

The Marmara Research Center (MRC) is the largest research organization under TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). The Center consists of seven institutes including the Environment and Cleaner Production Institute (ECPI). The Institute is composed of five research disciplines, one of which is the Marine and Inland Waters Research Group (MIWRG). MIWRG is composed of marine scientists, engineers, IT personnel, R/V crew members, and technicians (46 in total), involved primarily in coastal and marine research and management projects. Expertise areas of MIWRG staff are physical, chemical and biological oceanography, sediment geochemistry, GIS, planning and engineering applications. Monitoring, assessing, and management of coastal and marine waters in relation to pressures and towards the implementation of ecosystem based understanding of Turkish seas are the key study areas of the group.

More details: http://mam.tubitak.gov.tr/en


  • Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), Turkey

The Turkish Marine Research Foundation (Türk Deniz Araştırmaları Vakfı: TUDAV) was established in 1997 for the aim of conducting researches on marine sciences, protecting marine life, educating public on marine environment and raising awareness on its importance in our life. It has published more than 50 books since its establishment as well as a scientific journal “Journal on the Mediterranean/Black Sea Environment” three times a year. TUDAV has conducted several researches and projects by the support of international institutions like UNEP–UNDP and European Union, as well as by the support of private sectors. TUDAV has also become an observer for Black Sea Environment Program (BSEP), Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), ACCOBAMS, MedPAN, and ICCAT. TUDAV organizes many workshops on current problems like pollution, especially in the Turkish Straits, marine biodiversity, sustainable fishery, marine

protected areas and alien species. Moreover, it also makes an effort on the implementation of responsible fishery in Turkey by organizing seminars for fishermen.

More details: www.tudav.org

(Last Updated On: November 15, 2018)