GRASS project in the WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme Newsletter
A new type of aquaculture in the Baltic Sea is the production of macroalgae as biomass for producing food, textile, paper, medicines, bioplastic and energy with a lower environmental impact than other types of agriculture.
The sector is still in its infancy in the Baltic Region and there is a lack of in-depth knowledge on the potential benefits. To address this, the project Growing Algae Sustainably in the Baltic Sea (GRASS) aims to raise awareness and build capacity around macroalgae cultivation, harvesting and use among public authorities and other relevant stakeholders across the region.
Russian NGO Biologists for Nature Conservation joined the project team in late 2019 to provide expertise on the status and opportunities of macroalgae aquaculture in Russia, and to promote project results among national stakeholders. Previously macroalgae was not grown in the Russian part of the Baltic Sea, but Russian scientists had conducted some studies in the 1990s. Results from GRASS will be brought together with any existing knowledge and experience to inform Russian experts and public authorities.
Source: WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme Newsletter
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