Rotterdam - ongoing project

MacroDemo - ongoing H2020 project

The strategic orientation of MacroDemo is on developing innovative bio-based products for identified market applications, especially exploiting the opportunities of aquatic biomass as feedstock for the biobased industry and create impact in the form of coastal development, increased employment (green jobs) with low environmental negative impact. This will be done through valorisation of co-products and residues from bio-based operations consisting of and integrated biorefinery processes. These processes have already been developed and tested on lab scale in previous R&D projects. MacroDemo will exploit this knowledge and demonstrate optimisation of the involved processes into market application and business models, and also identify and propose solutions to remove potential market access hurdles for increased use of sustainable biobased products.



MPA connectivity 2 - finished project



ParkWind - finished project






MPA connectivity - finished project

WOZEP PAWP - finished project

Passende Beoordeling Puls - finished project

Iskenderun - finished project



Invasive species Westerschelde - finished project



MWTL 2017 - finished project





Monitoring testlocations of sandnourishments along sandbanks - ongoing project



Blue Nodules - ongoing H2020 project
Breakthrough Solutions for the Sustainable Harvesting and Processing of Deep Sea Polymetallic Nodules



MACROCASCADE - ongoing H2020 project
The MACRO CASCADE project will prove the concept of the cascading marine macroalgal biorefinery. This is a production platform that covers the entire technological chain for processing sustainable cultivated seaweed into highly processed value added products.The MACRO CASCADE project will address many of the existing challenges and barriers encountered in previous and ongoing projects on refining seaweed biomass.



MarPipe - ongoing H2020 project
Marine organisms have the capacity to produce a variety of biologically potent natural products, including antibiotic and anticancer compounds. MarPipe aims at further development of antimicrobial and anticancer lead compounds originating from a previous EU project (PharmaSea), and will also explore the bioactivity of deep-sea samples (5000m) collected during the recent Eurofleet-2 project in the sub-Antarctic.



Telecomkabels - finished project

Coastbusters - ongoing project






Discard valorisation - finished project


ENAlgae Seaweed analysis - finished project



ViBeg; analysis KBWOT data - finished project



T0-sampling of N2000-areas in the Dutch Northsea using a bottom-dredge - finished project




Layout for an ecosystemvision of the Flemish coastal zone  - finished project



Legal framework on deapsea mining in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction - finished project



Protection of biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction - finished project



AquaValue - finished project


Monitoring of floating debri and microplastics in the Leie - finished project



Development eProbe - ongoing project



Monitoring Ameland - finished project





Monitoring ecology of soft substrate benthos offshore windmillpark - finished project- report available



Monitoring ecology hard substrate benthos offshore windmillpark - finished project - report available



Ecological succession Masterplan Coastal Safety - finished project - report available



PharmaSea "Increasing value and flow in the marine biodiscovery pipeline"
- finished project

This FP7 project focuses on overcoming chronic obstacles in the marine biodiscovery pipeline. PharmaSea brings together a broad interdisciplinary team of academic and industry researchers and specialists to characterize and provide solutions for obstacles which currently impede marine biodiscovery research, development and commercialization. Within PharmaSea eCOAST leads a work package on "Ethics, policy and legal aspects of access to Marine Genetic Resources (MGRs)". eCOAST will facilitate the convening of an expert Advisory Board and workshops to harness the expertise of MGR practitioners, legal experts, policy advisors/makers and other stakeholders towards harmonizing current policy and governance frameworks concerning access to, and utilization of, MGRs. eCOAST will also oversee the production of a web-based, interactive, user toolkit to provide scientists and SMEs with practical guidance on how to secure access to marine genetic resources. The four-year PharmaSea project began in October 2012.


MaCuMBA "Improved cultivation efficiency of marine microorganisms"
- finished project


The FP7 MaCuMBA project aims to develop improved cultivation efficiencies for the isolation of new marine microorganism and, in so doing to, enhance their biotechnological applications. It involves the development of novel approaches and methodologies, including high-throughput procedures; using a wide variety of samples from different marine environments. eCOAST have responsibility for specific targeted outreach and communication activities, namely the production of policy briefs, documentary films and legacy brochures.


Ecotoxicological Sediment Study
- finished project


eCoast is implementing ecotoxicological testing of samples from a polluted watercourse.


Ecological Effects of Coastal Maintenance - finished project


Since 2009 eCOAST has been involved in long-term research on the ecological effects of coastal maintenance in the Netherlands. In 2012 eCOAST worked together with Deltares, the Fieldwork Company and ILVO on the beach and subtidal benthos off the coast of Ameland and Schiermonnikoog, where in 2010 and 2011 a large-scale sand nourishment took place. In spring 2013, the results of the first 4 years of research will be evaluated.

Ecological monitoring soft substrate benthos at an offshore wind farm - finished project.


eCOAST, together with the Fieldwork Company, is examining the effects of an offshore wind farm on the benthos underneath and around the site of the farm. Samples were collected in the spring of 2012 and are currently undergoing laboratory analyses by eCOAST.

Organization of the Littoral 2012 Congress - Project completed, final report published.


eCoast together with EUCC and a number of local partners was involved in organizing the bi-annual Littoral conference on coastal management. This year's theme was 'coasts of tomorrow'. For more information and to read the final report, see www.littoral2012.eu.






Offshore wind and aquaculture - finished project


In this project, we look at technical, technological, socio-economical and legislative aspects of combining offshore wind farms with aquaculture. This project is a cooperation between eCOAST and two research groups at Ghent University.



Ecotoxicological research of fresh water lake soils - finished project


As part of a TRIADE water soil research project, a number of ecotoxicological tests have to be performed on the sampled sediments. These tests are executed in the eCOAST laboratory.


Control of algae in cooling water - finished project


With the dismantling of a nuclear reactor it is extremely important that the cooling water is sterile. Blooming of algae in particular can have a negative impact on operations. For the dismantling of a nuclear reactor eCOAST monitors the presence of algae at regular intervals.





Research on the influence of replenishments on coastal ecosystems - summer 2010 till spring 2011 - report available soon


As part of a covenant with several NGOs, back in 2009 the Rijkswaterstaat decided to start a large-scale research on the influence of replenishments on coastal ecosystems. In 2010 eCOAST, who was commissioned by Deltares, started the ecological part of this research. The study area includes the North Sea coast of Ameland, where in 2009 and 2010 a large replenishment took place. Together with the Fieldwork Company, ILVO and Ghent University, eCOAST has sampled benthos from the beach and foreshore, as well as epibenthos and demersal fish.



Review ecological monitoring plans for offshore wind farm - fall 2010 - internal report


eCOAST has been asked by qualified authorities to act as an external expert to review the monitoring plans of soft and hard substrate benthos for an offshore wind farm, in the context of licensing regulations.



Beach Wildlife Cape Verde Islands - summer 2010 - internal report


In the context of a large-scale replenishment project on the Cape Verde Islands, eCOAST has contributed to the ecological impact study. Several samples of beach benthos were investigated by eCOAST in the laboratory.



Influence of electromagnetic radiation on fish, a review - summer 2010 - report available on request


One of the possible influences on the ecosystem caused by construction of an offshore wind farm, is the electromagnetic radiation caused by electricity cables. In particular Chondrichthyes, like sharks and Batoidea, could be sensitive to this kind of radiation. As a supplement to the environmental impact study, eCOAST has made e review of the existing knowledge about the influence of electromagnetic radiation on fish.