During the environmental monitoring, the condition of the natural environment of Klaipeda Seaport is periodically assessed. The task of monitoring is to systematically monitor environmental indicators and identify the potential impact of port activities by assessing long-term trends.
The measurement and observation area includes not only the port water area, but also its accesses – in the Curonian Lagoon and the sea, samples are taken at 38 different points.
“Every year thousands of ships transporting goods come to Klaipeda port, hundreds – for more or less repairs, there are many fishermen, holidaymakers, special purpose ships. At the quays, companies transport, store and load cargo and also have contact with the water area. Many infrastructure repairs and renovations are being carried out, and the strait is being distributed and deepened. All this has an impact on the natural environment. Monitoring is carried out to prevent and eliminate pollution, the scope of which we are increasing from this year, ”says Algis Latakas, General Director of Klaipeda State Seaport Authority.
Currently, environmental monitoring includes water columns, bottom sediments, biota (fish, etc.), shores, and so on. observations. The Smeltė Botanical Reserve, bordering the port, is also the focus of the Port Authority. This reserve is also monitored on a quarterly basis according to the established criteria, assessing the condition of protected plant populations, potential threats, and so on.
This year, the environmental monitoring program will be expanded to include additional chemical elements in the water, such as phthalates, PFOS, phenols, etc., and additional monitoring of non-native (invasive) species will be provided.
The monitoring report is submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Service for Protected Areas.