Site details

The Gulf of Gdansk
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Synoptic description of site:

A semi-enclosed water region with its own hydrological and biogeological characteristics, and high diversity of habitats.


Habitat description:

Sublittoral/hydrolittoral peat bottoms, inner coastal (shallow) waters, hard clay bottoms, sandy bottom of the photic/aphotic zone, sublittoral sandy bottoms with/without macrophyte vegetation, hydrolittoral sandbanks, sublittoral mussel beds, sandy spit, sandy beaches

Pristiness: High


Human impact: local agriculture, industry, municipal waste waters; a sink for the input of the Vistula River, second biggest river in the Baltic Sea drainage area Environmental stress: brackish character, high temperature variations


IO UG Marine Station in Hel, laboratories of [..] UG, Center for Marine Biology PAS, Sea Fishery Institute and Institute of Oceanology PAS, rv Oceanograf 2

Available database and website:

A range of publications and books, MSc theses completed at University of Gdansk, Institute of Oceanography

Datasets covering this area:

Additional Information:

Regional/national: Vistula Split Landscape Park, Puck Bay Landscape Park, Redlowo Cape European: Baltic Sea Protected Areas BSPA, as above