UK misses out on North Sea pollution warning system

A network of remote sensing buoys is being established in the North Sea to supply real-time information on marine pollution. Four countries are participating in the project - but not the UK.

The Seawatch experiment is being set up and operated by the Norwegian marine research company Oceanor under Euromar, part of a European programme to encourage the development of advanced technologies.

The initial four-year trial is expected to improve understanding of the formation of blooms of toxic algae and to act as a pollution early warning system. Norway, France, Germany and the Netherlands are collaborating in the project.

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