Environmental monitoring program area: Sea and coastal areas The environmental monitoring program Coast and Oceans provides date to estimate the state och marine environments. The data is used for international reporting as and to follow up the Swedish Environmental Objectives. svenska Share Contact Listen Environmental monitoring entails a recurring and systematic monitoring of the quality and state of the environment. Environmental monitoring provides data for the following up of Sweden’s national nine Environmental Quality Objectives, four of which address marine environments: A Non-Toxic Environment, Zero Eutrophication, A Rich Diversity och Plant and Animal Life and A Balanced Marine Environment, Flourishing Costal Areas and Archipelagoes. The data from the program is also used in international reporting. The EU: s directive put high demands on member states’ environmental monitoring and their capacity to prevent negative environmental impact. The regional to conventions for the protection The Baltic Sea (HELCOM) and the North Atlantic (OSPAR) also place demands on Swedish environmental monitoring. Shared Responsibility of Environmental Monitoring of Marine Environments The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (HAV) has the overall responsibility for the Sea and Coastal areas monitoring program. The SEPA is responsible the parts of the program that involve environmental toxins in the marine environment. There are 6 subprograms within the Coast and Oceans program. The SEPA is responsible for: Metals and organic environmental toxins in marine environments (Within the subprogram, HAV is responsible for the monitoring of costal fish stock.) Integrated environmental monitoring of costal fish Environmental monitoring of top consumers (Within the subprogram, HAV is responsible for the monitoring of seal stock.) Reporting of data To increase the reliability and availability of environmental monitoring data, data is stored with so-called data hosts. The data is available for anyone to use and can be ordered or downloaded from the data host in question. The data hosts for the Coast and Ocean program is the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU). Swedish Water Environments In 2016 the EPA published a report about the state of the Swedish oceans together with HAV and the the Ocean Environment Institute (Havsmiljöinstitut). During 2019 the results from the program were instead published on an online platform, were the state of both marine and freshwater habitats is presented. Results from regional environmental monitoring, scientific research and other relevant data about the state of Swedish waters is also published on the platform. The institutes online platform (in Swedish) Official Statistics Results from the Ocean and Coast program provides date for official national statistics which can be found at Statistics Sweden.