Isabell StensonKommunikatör, koordinator
Jag är kommunikatör vid Östersjöcentrum och arbetar med både digitala och tryckta produkter och evenemang för att berätta om vilken havsforskning som bedrivs vid Stockholms universitet.
I kommunikationsteamet ser vi till att ny kunskap om havsfrågor når rätt målgrupper, oavsett om det gäller beslutsfattare eller miljöförvaltning, forskare, skolor och mer allmänna intressegrupper. Det mesta vi gör kan du hitta här.
Jag är även koordinator för nätverket Baltic Sea Fellows där unga forskare från flera av universitetets institutioner arbetar tvärvetenskapligt med frågor som har Östersjön i fokus.
Vid Östersjöcentrum hamnade jag först efter att ha ägnat flera år av att varva fältarbete som biolog med olika kommunikationsprojekt och evenemang inom global hållbar utveckling (de dåvarande millenniemålen och Agenda2030). Utgångspunkten för detta har varit en masterexamen i marin ekologi, med särskilt fokus på vattenbruk. Just den biten kan du läsa mer om här nedan:
I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
Causes and consequences of spatial links between sea cage aquaculture and coral reefs in Vietnam
2017. Nils Hedberg (et al.). Aquaculture 481, 245-254Artikel
A majority of the sea cage farms in South East Asia are located close to coral reefs. This causes a conflict between conservation and food production since sea cage aquaculture has a number of negative impacts on coral reefs. The aim of this investigation was to assess the drivers causing the sea cage farmers to place their farms close to reefs and to examine some potential farming effects in detail i.e. usage of coral reef fish for grow out farming and feed. For some 3500 Vietnamese fish and lobster farms, we measured; the distance to the closest coastal city (proxy for infrastructure access), satellite derived Chl a (proxy for water quality), wind fetch, and the adjacent coastal slope and elevation. We also performed 159 semi-structured interviews with fish and lobster cage farmers from three regions in Vietnam. The interviews revealed that the choice of farming site is mainly determined by access to infrastructure, wind and wave shelter, and water quality. Although the farmers used coral reef services, e.g. coral reef derived seedlings, they were in general not aware of coral reef presence or did not find it important for selection of site. Both coral reefs and sea cage farms were found close to steep rocky coasts, which are favorable for corals, and provide sufficient depth for sea cages. Sea cages were always found on the leeward side of the coast where the wind fetch is low enough for the floating farms and their inhabitants. Most of the farms were located within 20 km from a coastal city confirming the importance of access to infrastructure. With few exceptions, sea cage farms were located in areas with good water quality, where also coral reefs are present. The study showed that several of the coral associated species groups farmed were dependent on wild caught seedlings and that 22% of the feed used at farms was trashfish of coral reef associated species. We consider the spatial correlation between sea cage farms and coral reefs as circumstantial and suggest that shared environmental preferences explain the farm distribution pattern, rather than access to ecosystem services provided by the nearby reef itself. We found no evidence that it is necessary for sea cage farms to be located near coral reefs and strongly recommend that sea cages are moved further away from coral reefs, but to areas still providing clear water, shelter and access to infrastructure.
Antibiotic use in Vietnamese fish and lobster sea cage farms; implications for coral reefs and human health
2018. Nils Hedberg (et al.). Aquaculture 495, 366-375Artikel
Several papers have reported on the development of antibiotic resistance and implications for human medicine but fewer deal with environmental impacts of antibiotic use. Marine sea cage aquaculture in SE Asia is often established close to coral reef ecosystems. Large amounts of antibiotics are used in the cultivation of fish and lobster and hence released directly into the environment. This study investigates the antibiotic practices in sea cage farms producing fish and spiny lobster in Vietnam, mainly for the domestic market. There are approximately 3500 sea cage farms in Vietnam and we performed semi-structured interviews with 109 sea cage farmers asking them if they use antibiotics and if so; what sort/when/how often/how much. We found that the Vietnamese cage farmers are using antibiotics in an unstructured way, which seems to have little or no effect on the survival of the stock, or profit of the farm. The fact that the farmers live at their farm and use the sea next to the cages both for fishing and collecting filter-feeding bivalves for direct consumption, as well as a toilet, poses an additional risk for the spreading of human antibiotic resistant pathogens. Thirteen different antibiotics were found in the study. Eighty-two percentage of the lobster farmers and 28% of the fishfarmers used antibiotics. The average amounts used were over 5 kg per produced ton of lobster and about 0.6 kg per ton of fish, which is much higher than in other studies. Several antibiotic substances listed as critical and highly important for human medicine by WHO were used prophylactically and routinely with little control and enforcement of regulations. We tested and detected antibiotic resistance to Tetracycline, Vancomycin and Rifampicin in the coral associated bacteria Bacillus niabensis as far as 660m from fish farms with resistance decreasing with distance from the cage farms. The antibiotics are likely to have negative effects on the coral-symbiont relationship adding further risks to an already stressed environment.