Macroalgae production is an upcoming sector for growing biomass for producing food, consumables such as plastics and energy without competing for arable land, depleting fresh water and using non-renewable fertiliser. However, the sector is still in its infancy in the Baltic Sea Region and there is a lack of in-depth and wide-spread knowledge on the potential benefits of macroalgae production. To deal with this challenge, GRASS aims to raise awareness and build capacity on macroalgae cultivation, harvesting and use among public authorities and other relevant stakeholders across the region. Public authorities, ministries, planning regions and counties play a crucial role in promoting macroalgae as they are the main legislative bodies that also control much of national and regional funding. 

Basic project information

Project lifetime:                 01.01.2019 – 30.06.2021

Total project budget:        2,001,257.80 Euro

ERDF:                                1,946,057.80 Euro
ENI + Russia:                    55,200.00 Euro            

Own contribution:            26,308.65 Euro

Lead Partner

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) 

Contact person: Fredrik Gröndahl

phone: +46.8.790 61 58 
email: fgro(at)kth.se 

Project Partners

University of Tartu
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (NMFRI) 

University of Turku

Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE) 

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

Republic of Estonia Ministry of the Environment
Kurzeme Planning Region
Uppsala University
Interregional charitable public organization "Biologists for nature conservation"

Associated organisations

The Municipality of Guldborgsund

Est-Agar AS

Republic of Estonia Ministry of Rural Affairs

The Regional Council of Southwest Finland

The Finnish Ministry of the Environment

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and Environment

The Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment

Algoritm Ltd.

The Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland

Competence Network Aquaculture of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein

John Nurminen Foundation

Liepaja University

Maritime Office in Gdynia


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