Blue green algae bloom season 2021

Blue green algae bloom 1

The winter is here and the bloom season for the Blue green algae (or cyanobacteria as they should be called) is coming to an end for this year.

Since we officially launched Origin by Ocean to the public we have repeatedly been asked by the general public how they could help us. The Blue green algae bloom topic is not easy to comprehed not from a science nor any other viewpoint. Hence we wanted to create an opportunity for each and everyone with connection to the Baltic Sea to help out and to provide us with bloom location data.

Crowd sourced data

For this particular reason we launched the Levä service, in order for us to gather more scientific data about the blooms and the different species of blue geen algae. This first year of running the service was really exciting for us. This was the first time that we had an organized way of collecting data provided by the broad public using common tools as smartphones and tablets.
hat we launched this summer to support our cyanobacteria bloom harvesting activities. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped us this summer through contributing to our crowdsourcing platform. With your contribution, you have made a major impact by helping us get closer to our goal of establishing the possibility to remove cyanobacteria bloom biomass along with nutrients like phosphorus from the Baltic Sea.

Follow the map below to see the locations of the cyanobacteria bloom alerts that we received this summer (2021)

What results did we get in the season 2021?

The bloom biomass harvested this summer kept us very busy this year. With the samples collected we have been able to do some very amazing science and scientific discoveries. The majority of the active hotspots were around the Turku and Helsinki archipelago (no really big surprice there…. ).
We did not really know what to expect in terms of data coming in via the service. This meant that we really had to learn on the fly, how do we do this? Sample logistics was something we quickly had to grasp. Considering our small team and limited resources we curbed our sampling to 33 locations (including coastal and lake samples). As you can see from the map above most of the blooms are in the South West part of Finland. Our “cyanobuster” car was busy driving to all locations and delivering the samples to the lab.

Cyanobuster unoffial logo

After sorting out the logistics, the real science work could begin. The science in this case was to analyze the samples for diversity of the cyanobacteria populations. The analytics we have done are for toxins produced and other biomolecules of interest for industrial applications.

From analyzing all of the samples this summer we found the following cyanobacteria species being the most common ones: Dolichospermum, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, Nodularia spumigena and Microcystis.

What is coming for the bloom season of 2022?

We are continuing to improve the usability of the Levä service. We would like to make it it even easier to collect data using the service. Are you a mobile app developer? Would you like to help us?

Based upon the experience from this summer we will be more efficient in communicating about this app. We would like to make sure that every one will know about this service next summer!

Are you into communications? Would you like to help us #oceansavers in spreading the message?

Or are you a social media influencer that care about the Baltic Sea? If so, reach out to us and let’s start making plans that we can execute efficiently this summer!

Stay safe and we will be comming back to this topic in the next couple of months.

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Origin by Ocean

Itämeren levistä tulevaisuuden raaka-aineita

Olemme kotimainen levänjalostusteknologiaan keskittynyt yritys, jonka erikoistuotteet tuovat uusia mahdollisuuksia luonnonpohjaisille tuotteille lukuisilla teollisuudenaloilla.

Vesistössä sinilevä on myrkyllinen ihmiselle ja tuhoaa monen eläin- ja kasvilajin elinympäristöä. Sinilevä ja rakkohauru sisältävät kuitenkin aineosia, joita elintarvike-, kosmetiikka- ja lääketeollisuus voivat hyödyntää raaka-aineina, kuten sakeuttajina. Osana visiotamme on luoda Suomeen Itämeren levään pohjautuva liiketoiminnan ekosysteemi, joka auttaisi Itämeren rehevöitymisongelman ratkaisemisessa kaupallisesti kannattavin keinoin. 

Origin by Ocean hakee parhaillaan rahoitusta levänjalostusteknologian kehitykseen. Suomen ensimmäisen leväbiojalostamon on tarkoitus toimia täydellä tuotantoteholla vuonna 2025.

Mikael Westerlund
Chief Activist Officer

Origin by Ocean Oy
Tekniikantie 2 (4th floor)
02150 Espoo

Origin by Ocean

Framtidens råvaror av Östersjöns alger

Vi är ett finländskt företag specialiserat på algförädlingsteknik. Våra specialprodukter skapar nya möjligheter för naturbaserade produkter inom flera industrier.

Blågröna alger i vattendragen är giftiga för människan och förstör livsmiljön för flera djur- och växtarter. Blågröna alger och blåstång innehåller dock ämnen som kan utnyttjas som råvaror, t.ex. som förtjockningsmedel, inom livsmedels-, kosmetik-, och läkemedelsindustri. Som en del av vår vision vill vi skapa ett affärsekosystem som bygger på Östersjöalger i Finland, och som kan hjälpa lösa Östersjöns övergödningsproblem med kommersiellt hållbara metoder.  

Origin by Ocean söker för närvarande finansiering för att utveckla algförädlingsteknik. Avsikten är att Finlands första algbioraffinaderi ska drivas med full produktionskapacitet år 2025.

Mikael Westerlund
Chief Activist Officer

Origin by Ocean Oy
Tekniikantie 2 (fjärde våningen)
02150 Espoo