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Baltic Beach Wrack – Conversion of a Nuisance To a Resource and Asset (Contra)

Seaweed at Cushendun Caves, County Antrim


Beach wrack is organic material that is washed ashore, e.g. torn off sea grass & brown algae. Often this material is regarded as a nuisance, particularly when in large quantities on tourist beaches.

Handling the beach wrack is an issue for local authorities and the tourism industry, in the western and southern Baltic Sea areas. This initiative compiles the knowledge required for the sustainable management of beach wrack in the Baltic Sea Region and will carry out case studies for beach wrack treatment.

The challenge is to find a balance between public demand for “clean” beaches, environmental protection and the economy. CONTRA aims to change how coastal municipalities see and deal with beach wrack and help convert a nuisance into a resource and asset. Expertise from the Baltic Sea Region will bring the latest ideas and testable solutions forward in-line with The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

The cooperation is a cross-border and public- private co-operation and opens up a much-needed dialogue between authorities and commercial manufacturers of marine bio-waste products.


Torben Olsson

Torben Olsson

Vice VD & Verksamhetsansvarig

Diana Danilda

Diana Danilda

Ansvarig Administration & Back office

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