The importance of aquaculture as a source of protein has increased dramatically over the past years, as fish stocks in nature are continously depleted and the future demand for fish for consumption is expected to continue to rise in tact with the global demand for food.
The European Commission Blue Growth Agenda identifies aquaculture as one of the most promising sectors for economic growth and job potential. In the South Baltic area, however, aquaculture is not yet an established sector. Particularly, innovative and environmentally friendly production technologies, such as recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), are still lacking in the region; technologies which could develop the sector and increase its international competetiveness. InnoAquaTech aims to bridge this gap by contributing to the development and transfer of such innovative and sustainable technologies across the South Baltic Region. In contrast to traditional open aquaculture, RAS is fully controllable regarding resource efficiency and nutrient emission . Through InnoAquaTech, SMEs all over the region will be able to benefit from state-of-the-art technology, know-how, expertise and business models.
InnoAquaTech project partners have the scientific expertise and financial know-how to act as advisors and facilitators of aquaculture technology. Grounding our work on the results of the INTERREG projects AQUAFIMA and SUBMARINER, we aim to promote recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) as well as innovative combinations of these with, for example, plant production and/or renewable energy production.
In the course of doing so, we will identify best practices of integrated aquaculture systems and evaluate their agro-economic impact. We will create a network of stakeholders and will develop and implement a SME service package consisting of matchmaking events, trainings, study visits and an innovation check tool. To gain hands-on experience in innovative aquaculture in the regions, we will implement four pilot projects.
What we aim to achieve
We aim to implement four pilot projects, which will successfully showcase the viability and benefits of a strong aquaculture economy in the South Batic Region, deploying RAS. These pilot projects will also serve as the basis for a decision support tool , developed for potential investors as well as providing a truly useful service for SMEs. As a result, SMEs and their support organisations will gain increased innovation capacity as well as being encouraged to develop and implement cross-border value chains. These outputs are expected to help strengthen the South Baltic Region’s aquaculture sector and contribute to more jobs in the sustainable food production sector.