As harvesting time is approaching for some of the six mussel farms participating in the Baltic Blue Growth Project, the partners came together to discuss progress and challenges in Korsør. Around 40 participants took part in the two-day meeting, during which the main talking points were the post-harvest process and how to create an economically sustainable business.
Baltic Blue Growth partners Orbicon and Musholm have published a summary report on the mussel growth in the Baltic Blue Growth project farm in the Danish Musholm Bay during 2016. “Predation by Eider ducks has considerably affected the mussel production at Musholm last year”, says Maren Lyngsgaard, biologist with Orbicon. The total estimated biomass at the Musholm site was only 0.2 – 3.7 tonnes per production unit, whereas up to 20–25 tonnes of mussels per production unit have been recorded at other Danish mussel farms using similar production systems.
Baltic Blue Growth has set up six demonstration mussel farms at different shores of the Baltic Sea to study the preconditions for commercial mussel cultivation at different sites and with different techniques. In each region with a project mussel farm, Baltic Blue Growth partners have now set up regional stakeholder groups, which will meet regularly over the coming years to accompany the mussel farming activities at the given location, discuss advances, challenges and perspectives for its further development.
Watch the launch of the mussel farm in Byxelkrok in the Swedish Kalmarsound in June 2016! The farm is one of six mussel farms that form the basis of the Baltic Blue Growth project. Placed at the northern inlet of the Swedish Kalmarsund, it uses a submerged net-farm production system designed to withstand ice and offshore conditions.
Interreg Baltic Sea Region published an article on legal requirements for mussel farming. In the article, Baltic Blue Growth partner Roland Lemcke from the Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of Schleswig-Holstein (MELUR) explains: “Establishing a new mussel farm requires a lot of different or combined licenses, of course with national features, but substantially based on a common European legal framework. Depending on the relevant national system, three, four or more different authorities are involved in such licensing processes.”
Swedish public service broadcaster SVT reports about the mussel farm in Östergötland's St. Anna archipelago and the mussel farming project Baltic Blue Growth in its regional news for East Sweden. Reporter Christian Zetterdahl joined the project partners during their field trip to one of the six farms that form the basis for the three-year project.
Can mussel farming improve the Baltic Sea's water quality and at the same time create new business models for animal feed production? The project Baltic Blue Growth will try to answer this question by advancing mussel farming in the Baltic Sea from experimental to full scale. It has now officially started with a kick-off meeting in Linköping, Sweden on 21-22 June 2016.