The Working group on underwater heritage organised a coopration between all Baltic Sea states – the “Rutilus project” – financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Main topic was to exchange data about the different protection of underwater sites by law, the underwater archaeological education and tourism strategies. As a result the Rutilus-report gives an overview about a heterogeneous Region (see also appendices).
As part of the Rutilus report the hundred most valuable sites of underwater cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea have been assembled, illustrating their unique value in terms of regional identity and potential for diving tourism but also illustrating the differences in respect of the level of protection afforded to them and their relative importance in each country. The Rutilus report 2006_1