The Crown Princess visits Askö Laboratory

On Friday 29 September, The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle visited Askö Laboratory in the Trosa Archipelago.

Askö Laboratory is part of Stockholm University's Baltic Sea Centre, and is located in the Trosa Archipelago. The field station is a national resource, and carries out marine operations all year round.

At Askö Laboratory, researchers are offered various opportunities to study the sea, either directly in the field or in the laboratory, or midway between the two in the experiment hall.

he Crown Princess and Princess Estelle were welcomed by Director of the Baltic Sea Centre Tina Elfwing in Uttervik, after which they travelled by boat to Askö.

The visit to Askö began with a tour, during which Dr Elfwing explained about the research station. The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle also saw plants and animals from the Baltic Sea, and met researchers at the laboratory.

Bladder wrack from the Baltic Sea. Photo: royalcourt.se

Bladder wrack from the Baltic Sea. Photo: royalcourt.se

The visit concluded with The Crown Princess trying her hand at dragging a shore seine through the water. A shore seine is a net fitted with floats and weights, which is laid out in a semicircle and then dragged to the shore. The researchers then analyse the plants and animals that have been caught in the net.

The Crown Princess tries using a shore seine together with Carl-Magnus Wiltén. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess tries using a shore seine together with Carl-Magnus Wiltén. Photo: royalcourt.se

Current research at Askö Laboratory

Environmental monitoring – the free water body

ALL YEAR A high-frequency marine environmental monitoring programme (approx. 20 times per year) for the free water body in Himmerfjärden. Combined recipient control and environmental monitoring programme.

Coordinated control programme for the Oxelösund coast

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER Environmental monitoring in the Oxelösund area in connection with operations at SSAB, Oxelösund Harbour and Oxelö Energi.

Environmental monitoring – Vegetation-clad seabeds

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER An annual inventorying of 30 locations since 1993. The aim is to describe the species composition and depth extension of the seabed vegetation, and to monitor changes in these seabed communities.