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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.