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Plan your own mussel farm in the Baltic Sea

Plan your own mussel farm in the Baltic Sea

Do you want to know where are the best spots for mussel farming in the Baltic Sea? What the environmental impacts of such a farm could be? Look no further, the BBG project has launched its Operational Decision Support System (ODSS) with a “plan your farm” feature.

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SUBMARINER Network attended the 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in Tallinn on 4 – 5 June 2018

SUBMARINER Network attended the 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in Tallinn on 4 – 5 June 2018

The Forum was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia together with the Baltic Development Forum in close cooperation with the European Commission, Ministry of Environment and other partners. About 770 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses came together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).

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A successful first harvest season in Sankt Anna, Sweden

A successful first harvest season in Sankt Anna, Sweden

For two years the mussels have been growing on long-lines placed in the idyllic Sankt Anna archipelago on the Swedish east coast. Some mussels were harvested in December 2017, and now it was finally time to harvest the remaining yield.

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Stakeholders meet up to discuss mussel farming and the licensing process in the Baltic Sea

Stakeholders meet up to discuss mussel farming and the licensing process in the Baltic Sea

In a series of stakeholder meetings in the framework of the Baltic Blue Growth Project Kalmar County Administrative Board organized a meeting to discuss permits and licensing procedures. The goal is to create a digital guide for authorities and future practitioners on the east coast of Sweden.  

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Video - mussel farming in the Baltic Proper

Video - mussel farming in the Baltic Proper

To get more of an idea what mussel farming is actually about, watch this video with photage from farms located in the Baltic Proper.

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Mussel farming hits the Swedish news!

Mussel farming hits the Swedish news!

A breakfast seminar on the potential of mussels as a measure to reduce eutrophication received national media attention in Sweden. 

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Baltic Blue Growth FAQs

Baltic Blue Growth FAQs

The Baltic Blue Growth establishes fully operational mussel farms to counteract eutrophication and create new blue growth opportunities. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the project Baltic Blue Growth and mussel farming in the Baltic Sea in general.

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Bioremediation with aquatic biomass

Bioremediation with aquatic biomass

The SUBMARINER Network has identified mussel and macroalgae cultivation and harvest as possible routes to realising two of its visions for 2030: marine resources as a part of the Baltic Sea Region sustainable energy and biomass portfolio and maintaining the Baltic Sea Region’s natural capital. Mussel and algae cultivation not only alleviate eutrophication in the Baltic Sea by taking up nutrients, they are also excellent substitutes for human food and animal feed. Around the Baltic Sea, innovative projects are being implemented, where aquatic biomass play an important role in remediating eutrophication – both off and on land.

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Mussel farming to the rescue - mitigating eutrophication in the Baltic Sea

Mussel farming to the rescue - mitigating eutrophication in the Baltic Sea

Farming of blue mussels is a new, exciting solution to an old problem – eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. Mussels filtrate, extract nutrients and improve water quality, which may reduce the frequency of algal blooms. Consequently, mussel farming is being tested as an environmentally responsible tool to reduce Baltic Sea eutrophication. The farmed mussels could potentially be used as a replacement for fish meal or soya meal to feed poultry or farmed fish as well as for bioenergy production. As a response to a new study that suggest that mussels emit substantial quantities of methane, two scientists from the BBG project decided to set the record straight. 

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Impressions from the 2nd SUBMARINER Conference

Impressions from the 2nd SUBMARINER Conference "Better Off Blue 2017"

 Thank you to all the members, friends and supporters of the SUBMARINER Network who came to Berlin this week and made a success of the 2nd SUBMARINER Conference Better off Blue. 

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