Nowhere in Denmark is more than 50km to the coast, an important factor both in historical trading and in the development of the blue bioeconomy in Denmark. Blue bioeconomic activities are mainly concentrated on seaweed and shellfish with expectations to discovery and bioprospecting for ingredients for cosmetics, food supplements, proteins, enzymes and biostimulants. Denmark is one of the leading providers of fish feed and aqua-technology and technological solutions for land-based fish farming although, ironically, aquaculture provides only 10% of fish and shellfish consumed in Denmark. In 2017, the Danish fish-farming sector was responsible for ca. €208 mio. gross profit (Danmarks Statistik).
The Danish National Bioeconomy Panel, formed of leading companies, researchers and organisations is responsible for advising the Danish government in bioeconomy matters and suggesting concrete ideas in order to support sustainable (blue) bioeconomic growth in Denmark. Guldborgsund Municipality (SUBMARINER Network member and ALLIANCE case partner) has a specific focus on bioeconomy and houses “Bioeconomy Hotspot Guldborgsund”, which in turn has led to the establishment of the consortium “Agri-Aqua Innovation Denmark”, which aims to highlight the potential symbioses between agriculture and aquaculture sectors.