Conversion of a Nuisance to a Resource and Asset
Beach Wrack - How do we best protect the environment whilst also meeting the public’s demand for ‘clean’ beaches?
Beach wrack plays an important role for beach ecosystems and coastal protection. But, when it lands in great quantities on recreational beaches it is seen as a ‘dirty’ nuisance which is costly to remove. To find a balance between opposing interests, CONTRA is working at 6 case study sites to conduct a fair and sound evaluation of the environmental as well as economic and social aspects. Local authorities need this knowledge to enable them to safeguard our beaches, to reduce the economic burden on coastal communities and to ensure that disposal and recycling options are environmentally sound and worthwhile.
Beach wrack refers to the piles of seagrass, reeds, and marine algae that are found alongside beaches worldwide and are most commonly associated with sandy beaches. As a natural phenomenon, in 2017 Macredie et al., defined the beach wrack as accumulated detritus of organic material that is washed up and laying on tidally, windy, and […]
German and Swedish CONTRA partners KS-VTCtech GmbH, Hanseatische Umwelt, Linnaeus University and Krinova Incubator and Sience Park met online to discuss ways of making soil improvement products from beach wrack. This is nothing new: spreading beach wrack on fields is a long-term practice that has been part of agriculture for hundreds of years. The aim […]
Due to the current challenging situation, CONTRA has conducted its partner meeting on the 25th and 26th of March online via video-conferencing instead of meeting in person in Odense, Denmark as originally planned. For cooperation projects, such as CONTRA, COVID-19 means that all of a sudden undertakings planned and scheduled with great care and commitment […]
On the 12-13th of February, 2020, stakeholders from the Euroregion Baltic Water Core Group, Polish partners, as well as other partners from the CONTRA and Umbrella project convened for a joint event in Elblag (Poland). The focus of the two-day event, including a study visit, was on “water” and “water management”. Its aim was to […]
The Coastline Reports is a journal that serves the dissemination of project and conference results with a focus on coastal management and coastal research. It has been published by EUCC-Germany (project partner of CONTRA) in concert with EUCC-International since 2004. The current Coastline Reports 26, from the German national project POSIMA, focussed on “Seagrass and […]
Project partner, Gdańsk University of Technology (Department Water and Waste-Water Technology, Faculty of Civil And Environmental Engineering) prepared a paper on “Solving the Beach Wrack Problems by On-Site Treatment with Reed Beds Towards Fertilizer Amendments” to present aspects of the complex problems of beach wrack as well as potential solutions to solve them in accordance […]
As one of the major pillars of the CONTRA project a total of seven case studies are conducted to further develop existing reuse options and to explore new and innovative recycling possibilities. Against this background, on 26 October 2019 a pilot facility was built under case study 6b- FERTIWRACK. The case study is led by […]
On 21 October 2019, stakeholders from the German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (M-V) and Schleswig-Holstein (S-H) came together in Lübeck-Travemünde for a joint symposium on beach wrack management. Results from the S-H project ‘Pilot Region Baltic Sea Coast Schleswig-Holstein: Initiation of a beach wrack value chain as a measure to adapt to climate change‘ (POSIMA) were […]
Beach Wrack Management
Mechanical impact as well as disturbance of succession processes are altering managed beaches to an extent that raises concerns for long-term consequences. It is vital that we fully understand the impact of intensive mechanical cleaning on habitats and beach morphology.
Turning a problem into a resource
When beach wrack quantities are problematic, local authorities need realistic, cost effective and sustainable recycling options. A number of promising possibilities, ranging from energy conversion to support material for coastal protection measures are being tested to gain knowledge about their service and economic potential.
CONTRA provides a platform for discussion and exchange on all aspects of beach wrack. Main topics include:
- Beach ecology
- Beach cleaning techniques
- Ecosystem services
- Marine resource management
- Eutrophication and nutrient remediation
- Water pollution
- Legislation and policy
- Coastal protection
- Climate change
Beach Wrack management is costly and recycling possibilities often fraught with challenges.
The CONTRA partners are from Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Estonia. The project runs from 2019 to 2021 and is supported financially by the European Regional Development Fund, ERDF.