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A new investigation shows that organic eggs contain high levels of several toxins and may pose a risk to young children. However, the production of conventional eggs risks increasing the amount of toxins in the environment in the long run. – We need to put the brakes on (for PFAS). We should have done so the day before yesterday, says Petra Bergkvist, inspector at the Swedish Food Agency….
Text: Lina Mattsson
The disappearance of Great White Sharks from False Bay, South Africa, attributed to various factors including predation by orcas, human activities such as longlining fishing targeting their prey, and the resulting decline in the shark population. The Shark Spotters team, responsible for monitoring the bay’s waters, confirms the absence of Great Whites since 2019 and points to orcas as a contributing factor. …
Reportage: Jason Boswell
It is early morning sometime late winter last year. Out on the islands in the Skarv archipelago in the sea belt outside Stockholm, female seals and seal pups lie close on the rocks. These are mating times for the gray seals. Sea eagles soar above them. Hungry and ready to attack a weak and lonely pup….
reportage/redigering: Kajsa Grandell
The conflicts within Swedish fishing are very fierce. Small-scale coastal fishermen on the east and south coasts face a small number of giant trawlers from the West Coast. I was looking forward to tough discussions and fruitful exchanges at this year’s Fishing Forum. But met with pleasant company in a luxurious mingling environment….
Chronicler: Peter Löfgren
Photo: Ida Åkesson/SPA

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ocean devotion

Many of us love the sea, the beach, the water and swimming in the waves, but there are those who care a little more than the rest of us. Those who, with commitment and passion...

the real rulers of the sea

The ocean's resources belong to all citizens. We want healthy seas, full of fish and shellfish. So how could the EU's seas be fished to the brink of ecological collapse? The overfishing is not an accident...

seal hunting

In an overfished sea, the seals have begun to move towards the coasts to look for food. Here they encroach on people's territory. From being nearly extirpated in the early 1980s...

warmer sea

The sea gets warmer - the species die. It's not just coral reefs and fish that are threatened as the oceans warm - it's all life. Not since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs...

Editorials/Debate

The conflicts within Swedish fishing are very fierce. Small-scale coastal fishermen on the east and south coasts face a small number of giant trawlers from the West Coast. I was looking forward to tough discussions and fruitful exchanges at this year’s Fishing Forum. But met with pleasant company in a luxurious mingling environment….
Chronicler: Peter Löfgren
Photo: Ida Åkesson/SPA
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29 February, 2024
I am now forbidden to fish for cod and the pike has…
Chronicler: Peter Löfgren
Foto: Johan Candert, Simon Stanford
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23 February, 2024
Biomass and biodiversity. Two rather dull and stiff words. But words often…
Text: Johan Candert
Photo: Johan Candert, Göran Ehlmé
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24 August, 2023
The EU’s and Sweden’s marine policy has for several decades led to…
Text: Peter Löfgren

Documentaries

All citizens want fish-rich, healthy seas. The EU is governed democratically. So why are the EU’s seas fished out and on the brink of ecological collapse? The decisions are made in closed rooms, beyond democratic control….
Director: Peter Löfgren
Editor: Helena Fredriksson
Cinematographer: Leif Eiransson
There is a place on earth where all creatures live their lives in balance with their surroundings. We dive into a functioning ecosystem, from the smallest plankton to the largest whale – where humans also have their place in the food chain. The harmony below the surface in the northern Norwegian waters is very unusual. Further south, the picture is different. On the Swedish west coast, several fish stocks have disappeared. What has happened here – where did life go? How could the sea have become like a – desert?…
Directors: Lena Scherman | Peter Löfgren
New research has mapped the universe of fish, how they experience the world, that they have personalities. These new discoveries can affect how we look at fish and the fishing industry – and how we value the special universe that spreads beneath the surface….
Director: Johan Candert | Peter Löfgren

There is one ocean.
Our reporting has no boundaries.

There is one ocean.
Our reporting has no boundaries.

Fishing

Humanity has always sourced food from the sea. And fishing is an ancient way of doing so that can be traced back to the early Stone Age around 40,000 years ago. In the last 100 years, fish stocks have dramatically declined in the Western Sea and the Baltic Sea. And in most cases, overfishing is considered to be the major cause. …
Text: Lina Mattsson
Photo: Simon Stanford, Lena Scherman, Kimmo Hagman
In a report from 2020, published by BalticSea2020, the authors believe that large-scale fishing in the Baltic Sea is neither economically nor financially profitable for the state. On the contrary, it costs us all big money….
Reportage: Peter Löfgren
Editing: Helena Fredriksson
Photo: Leif Eiranson
The EU fisheries ministers have in a compromise agreed on this years herring fishing in the Baltic Sea next year. As usual, we can continue to fish, despite the fact that, according to many observers, the herring are running out. But there is one law that the ministers seem to forgotten about, which could lead to them having to tear up this year’s compromise. Paragraph 4.6 of the EU’s multi-year management plan for the Baltic Sea (MAP)….
Reportage: Lena Scherman
Animation: Natalia Quintana

Climate and Environment

Our planet relies on the oceans as climate regulators. At the same time, the effects of our emissions are most evident in the oceans. Today, eutrophication, climate change, ocean acidification, and invasive species are some of the challenges the oceans face. …
Text: Lina Mattsson
Photo: Kimmo Hagman, Johan Candert, Tobias Dahlin, Simon Stanford
Human Impact on the Seas is Enormous. Traces of human activity can be found everywhere in the world’s oceans. But what would happen if we allowed the sea to be for a while? Give them a chance to recover? …
Reportage: Daniel Hager/Göran Ehlmé
Photo: Göran Ehlmé
The film “What have we done?” which shows man’s ruthlessness towards our oceans was praised and named “Honorable mention” in the international competition DPG/Wetpixel Masters 2022….

Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea is a unique and sensitive sea where organisms live on the edge of what they can tolerate due to the low salinity. It has also been called the world’s most polluted inland sea due to eutrophication and the chemical cocktail caused by human activities….
Text: Lina Mattsson
Foto: Johan Candert, Kimmo Hagman, Simon Stanford
For an extended period, the cod population in the Baltic Sea has been facing severe challenges. Overfishing and environmental issues have taken a toll on their well-being, causing a decline in their health. Consequently, many of them have become thin, emaciated, and susceptible to diseases. However, a pertinent question arises: What happens when wild cod are given the opportunity to recuperate? …
Reportage: Johan Candert
Photo: Simon Stanford, Daniel Hager
UW-Photo: Johan Candert
Edit by: Alexandre Gobatti Ramos
The Baltic Sea is grappling with a severe ecological crisis primarily marked by oxygen depletion, leading to extensive dead zones. Human activities, including industrial processes and nutrient-rich agricultural runoff, have fueled the growth of algae, contributing to oxygen-starved conditions. These anoxic zones threaten marine life, disrupting ecosystems and fisheries. …
reportage: Daniel Hager/Lena Scherman

International

Mer än 70 procent av jordens yta täcks av vatten och jorden kallas ibland för ”den blå planeten”. De flesta ursprungliga livsformerna utvecklades i havet, och än idag har den marina miljön en formrikedom som inte finns i något annat ekosystem. Vi människor är i allra högsta grad beroende av havet….
Text: Lina Mattsson
Photo: Tobias Dahlin, Simon Stanford, Johan Candert
Kwanele Mbatha makes a living by subsistence fishing and guiding tourists along South Africa’s Wild Coast but this fragile ecosystem faces the threat of overfishing, damage from oil and gas exploration, mining and many other human activities. …
Reportage: Simon Stanford
Photo: Simon Stanford
Editing: Niklas Berglund
They are extraordinary biodiversity hotspots. They absorb large amounts of CO2 and release oxygen. They fix nitrogen and detoxify the water. They are nurseries for fish and hundreds of marine organisms. But they are disappearing globally and one-third of the Earth’s coastline is affected….
Reportage: Ismaele Tortella/Delphin Ruché
Photo: Ismaele Tortella

Research

Fish behavior, toxic algae, and the role of the sea in climate. These are some of the topics that marine research can address. Diverse subjects, but with a common goal: to better understand what happens beneath the surface….
Text: Lina mattsson
Foto: Hans Berggren, Kimmo Hagman, Johan Candert, Simon Stanford
The population of seahorses in Ria Formosa in southern Portugal was probably the largest in the world. But in the mid-2010s, it collapsed, and 95% of the seahorses disappeared. Climate change, poachers, and environmental pollutants are believed to be the causes….
Reportage: Daniel Hager
South Africa has an incredibly rich diversity of sharks, representing nearly a quarter of all known species, some found nowhere else on the planet….
Reportage: Jason Boswell
BRUV-Footage: Cape RADD

    Our working principles

    Objectivity is the foundation of serious journalism. But according to the rules that apply to public service broadcasters we should support democracy and oppose dictatorship. This translates into being subjective in our defence of human rights. Healthy ecosystems and biodiversity are essential for the fulfilment of multiple human rights, for example, the right to life, to health and to freshwater.

    A healthy ocean is an essential human right. We consequently defend life beneath the surface in all that we publish.

     

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