Torben Wallach from Musholm holding up a sample of trawl net

Project activities in 2016 focused on comparing the growth and recruitment of mussels on different substrate types. In the Musholm farm, four different Trawl test nets with mesh sizes of 50 mm, 80 mm and 150 mm were tested. In addition, a standard Smartfarm unit was placed next to the test area. Results from 2016 indicate that nets with 80 mm could be more optimal for recruitment and initial production compared to those with mesh sizes of 50 mm and 150 mm.

Test of different substrates and production units will continue at the Musholm farm during 2017 and 2018 and compared with the other Baltic Blue Growth project farms. During fall 2017, special focus will be on preventing biomass loss from predators such as eider ducks using continuous laser systems to scare them away.

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Substrate test at Musholm 2016. Mussel growth in the western Baltic sea.

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