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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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Remember to register for

Remember to register for "Better off Blue – Creating synergies for a biobased society"

The conference will take place in Berlin, Germany on 27–28 September 2017. It will unite actors from the public, private and research domain working towards a blue bioeconomy throughout the Baltic Sea Region to showcase advances, to create synergies and stimulate active cooperation between the multitude of ongoing projects and initiatives in the region.

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Video: Installing the submerged mussel farm off the Kurzeme coast

Video: Installing the submerged mussel farm off the Kurzeme coast

Watch this underwater footage of how the fundaments and ropes for the submerged Baltic Blue Growth mussel farm are installed. Placed in the open waters outside the Kurzeme coast in Latvia, the farm will have to withstand rapid water circulation and rough weather conditions. Therefore, the farm is submerged to a depth of about five metres.

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