Hel Peninsula Rescue Operation - environmental and biological data of the Puck Lagoon, southern Baltic (1991-92)

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Data holding centreMaritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
CountryPoland  Poland
Time periodFrom June to September 1991; July 1992
Geographical area

Southern Baltic; western part of the Gulf of Gdansk (Puck Lagoon): 25 stations on 5 profiles in shallow water near the Hel Peninsula


Macroalgae and seagrass taxonomy-related counts; Bacteria environmental parameters; Metal concentrations in sediment pore waters; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Redox potential in sediment; Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Carotenoid and flavenoid pigment concentrations in water bodies


Cameras; pH sensors; sediment grabs; sieves and filters; fluorescence microscopes; spectrophotometers


The main objective of the multidisciplinary research of the sea environment was to assess the biological resources and the contamination of the shallow water zone of the Puck Lagoon adjacent to the Hel Peninsula. The reason for the research was the dredging of the bottom sediments taking place at that time in order to widen the peninsula. The samples were taken in June, August and September 1991 along 5 sampling profiles. 3 sampling stations were located on each profile: 50m, 200m, 2000m from the coast. In addition, phytobenthos and zoobenthos were sampled 500m and 1000m from the sea-shore and physico-chemical analyses were done in July 1992. The water samples were taken from the near-bottom water layer. Most of the samples were taken by divers. DAE has the source data and processed results of the monitoring in the standard units, in the form of computer files. An analysis of the water current system, by means of mathematical modelling, was performed and the spawning sites of commercial fish were specified. These results are available in typescript form. Documentation also includes submarine and air photographs, and video-films from the investigation area.

OriginatorsMaritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
OrganisationMaritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
ContactDr. Lidia Kruk-Dowgiallo (Head of the department)

Maritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
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Telephone+48 58 5520094
Facsimile+48 58 5524613
Collating centreInstitute of Meteorology and Water Management National Research Institute, Maritime Branch in Gdynia (IMWM MB)
Local identifier21002017
Global identifier1619
Last revised2009-01-15