As harvesting time is approaching for some of the six mussel farms participating in the Baltic Blue Growth Project, the partners came together to discuss progress and challenges in Korsør. Around 40 participants took part in the two-day meeting, during which the main talking points were the post-harvest process and how to create an economically sustainable business.
The project’s main premise is to set up mussel farms, which in turn improve water quality and combat eutrophication by taking up existing nutrients in the sea. On the second meeting day, the participants had the chance to visit Musholm A/S, one of mussel farms in the project.
Visiting Musholm A/S was an important step for the BBG consortium as it is a well-established mussel farm and a pioneer in using mussels as a compensatory measure. The mussel farm was set up 10 years ago as a way to compensate for the nearby fish farm, which is also the main income for Musholm A/S.
By being part of the project, Musholm A/S benefits from the broad range of expertise – at the moment one project partner has analysed what substrate would be the most cost efficient and will perform tests on the harvested mussels.
Even if large scale mussel farming is not yet profitable for the BBG participants, it might be in the future. One of the main tasks of the BBG project will be to find the most profitable and environmentally way to grow mussels in the Baltic Sea.
To read more about the visit to Musholm A/S, please click here (in Danish)