On Tuesday 6 July 2021 from 13:00 to 14:00 CET, was a Facebook live streaming with Ida Carlén, CCB Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Officer and Måns Kämpe & Sören Kjellkvist . This online event was the opportunity to ask questions about the project to “Row over the Atlantic” to save the Baltic harbour porpoise.
The Almedalen Week (Almedalsveckan, also known as Politician’s Week in Almedalen) is an annual event taking place in July on the Swedish island of Gotland. With speeches, seminars and other political activities, it is considered to be the most important forum in Swedish politics.
During this event it was be possible to see the boat and an online event was available to ask questions about the Baltic harbour porpoise and the project to row over the Atlantic.
Why row over the Atlantic?
Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) and the Swedish adventurers Måns Kämpe and Sören Kjellkvist collaborate to save the endangered Baltic whale, the harbour porpoise. Måns and Sören will during the winter of 2021-22 row over the Atlantic from Portugal to the Caribbean, a journey of about 6000 kilometers which will take around 3 months.
Throughout the rowing, Måns and Sören will write a daily report (both in English and Swedish) by publishing updates on the journey and facts & figures on the harbour porpoise. The aim is to raise awareness about the Baltic harbour porpoise, which currently has less than 500 animals left and is near extinction, due to bycatch, contaminants and underwater noise. Urgent action can still prevent the extinction and save the Baltic porpoise.