drs Cora Seip

SpecialityPO Mosselcultuur

Cora Seip-Markensteijn MSc studied Biology at Leiden University. From 2007-2012 she worked as a policy officer at the Fish Product Board on spatial planning at sea in general and the implementation of Natura 2000 in particular. In 2012, she became self-employed, with the focus remaining on the fishing industry. Since spring 2021, Cora has been involved as an ecological advisor in the Products Organization of the Dutch Mussel Culture.


Where does the nitrogen problem come from and how can it be approached?

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to nitrogen. Nitrogen is indispensable for plant growth. Too much nitrogen results in fewer plant and animal species: biodiversity decreases, resulting in a disturbance of the balance in nature. In policy terms, for example, this poses the risk that the Netherlands will not achieve the Natura 2000 targets. In 2021, the “Nitrogen Reduction and Nature Improvement” Act came into effect. On the one hand, this law gives space (eg to construction). On the other hand, nitrogen is still a problem and measures are needed. For the shellfish sector, nitrogen plays a role in licensing. While there is currently room for the shellfish sector legally and mathematically, the way out of the problem lies in reducing emissions. Technical possibilities are being investigated and ships are already having adjustments made here and there.

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by drs Cora Seip