Food from farms is a big part of our everyday life. We have become frequent consumers of aquaculture products, but we know little about where they come from and under what conditions they are farmed, especially crustaceans like shrimp.
Almost 20 participants from the South Baltic Region got in touch with innovative approaches of the Flemish aquaculture sector and learned about new species that are to date rarely found in Europe.
Half-way through the year we thought we would give you an update on the latest developments in our project InnoAquaTech as well as some exciting news from the aquaculture sector. Don't miss out on interesting articles on experimental shrimp farming in Lithuania, worms used in aquaponics or innovative aquaculture on Iceland.
In summer 2017, a small-scale RAS laboratory system, specifically designed for cultivation of whiteleg shrimps (Litopenaeus vannamei), was installed at the laboratory in the Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdansk. The trial looked at two versions of the RAS system: one equipped with a trickling filter and one with a moving bed filter.
As production of farmed animals continues to grow, treating their effluents correctly becomes increasingly important. In many countries the nitrate load of soil and groundwater is already at a critical level or exceeds the official guideline values. The random distribution of manure as fertilizer accounts for large parts of this load.
Lithuanians are seeking to acquire the knowledge and technologies that will offer them greater competitiveness in the aquaculture industry and that will effectively employ the country’s existing geothermal resources. For that purpose, an experimental facility that has been designed for industrial shrimp farming started operating in Klaipėda in July 2018.
In the end of March, project partners of the InnoAquaTech project invited SMEs from the South Baltic Region to join them on their study visit to Iceland, a place which is famous for a strong entrepreneurship and sustainable approaches, including aquaculture.
The European Commission organised a unique Europe-wide match-making event to boost blue growth. Hundreds of people gathered on 7 May 2018 for the #BlueInvest pitching event. Twenty exciting companies were pre-selected from more than 100 applications and invited to pitch in front of a panel of top investors.
At the business forum "Aquaculture in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Agriculture in water", around 60 participants learned about the opportunities and risks of investing in aquaculture projects in the German state.
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