Initiating full scale mussel farming in the Baltic Sea
Baltic Blue Growth establishes fully operational mussel farms to counteract eutrophication and create new blue growth opportunities.
Cultivating and harvesting blue mussels in the Baltic Sea can substantially improve the water quality as mussels take up nutrients through their food intake. At the same time, it can contribute to blue growth by providing new business models for the feed industry, which can use mussel meal as an ingredient in animal feed, replacing e.g. imported fish and soybean meal.
Mussel farming in the Baltic Sea has so far not gone beyond experimental scale.
To build up a commercially viable mussel farming value chain, it is not only necessary to develop suitable farming techniques for Baltic Sea conditions, but also to develop accepted mechanisms to compensate the ecosystem services provided by mussel farming.
What BBG aimed to achieve
Our aim was to advance mussel farming in the Baltic Sea from experimental to full scale. More specifically, we wanted to achieve…
…the recognition of blue mussels as an efficient way of counteracting eutrophication, complementing legally required source-related measures,
…acceptance of a compensation scheme for the ecosystem service provided by the mussels,
…the establishment of mussel farming as an attractive market for entrepreneurs,
…the production of mussel meal as an ingredient in animal feed.