How is marine environmental work governed?

Coast and sea do not have any national boundaries so the environmental work in Sweden is governed by both national and international guidelines and marine conventions.

Havspropositionen – the Marine Bill

In March 2009 the government presented "A Coherent Swedish Maritime Policy". SMHI is named as the national institute responsible for coordinating the storage and availability of relevant marine data.
Summary of the Policy

Marine Strategy Framework Directive

In June 2008 the European parliament and the European Union adopted the ambitious Marine Strategy Framework Directive, aiming for more effective protection of the marine environment across Europe. Its purpose is to reach good environmental status through ecosystem-based stewardship. SMHI contributes through the development of criteria for what constitutes Good Environmental Status, including progress indicators and environmental status assessments. SMHI also designs environmental monitoring programmes and assists with preparations for remedial action and the provision of information and updates.
A Marine Strategy Directive to save Europe's seas and oceans

Baltic Sea Action Plan

In 2007 the environment ministers from all Baltic countries agreed on a plan to reduce emissions into the sea. The HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan is an ambitious programme to restore the good ecological status of the Baltic marine environment by 2021 and presents concrete measures to improve, preserve and protect the marine environment both in the Baltic as well as the Skagerrak and Kattegat. The four main issues covered are eutrophication, hazardous substances, maritime activities and biodiversity. Baltic Sea Action Plan