The aim of the conference was to raise awareness on the benefits and opportunities of Baltic mussel production and use, and to discuss a future Baltic mussel farming Working Group that works to maximise these benefits in the Baltic Sea Region.
The latest findings in mussel production and use were presented, incl. project results, solutions and tools, as well as the impacts of technology and recommendations for the future. Special attention was be given to the Baltic Blue Growth project, which has established three fully operational mussel farms in the Baltic Sea to counteract eutrophication and create new Blue Growth opportunities.
Topics discussed included:
- New data on environmental benefits and ecological impacts of mussel farms in the Baltic Sea
- Nutrient modelling
- Recent advances in Baltic blue catch farming
- Insect- and mussel-based novel feed ingredients
- Blue catch crop farming and implications for Maritime and Coastal Planning
- Financing nutrient catch
The conference, organised by Region Östergötland and the SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth, was funded by the EURDF and was open to anyone with an interest or stake in Baltic mussel farming. The presentations are available for download below.
Session 1 'Science and Technology'
Environmental benefits and ecological impacts of mussel farms in the Baltic Sea – Juris Algars, Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (Latvia)
The GIS-enabled Operational Decision Support System (ODSS) tool: from local farm data to pan Baltic story - Jonne Kotta, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Insect proteins with mussel lipids – Aleksandr Vidakovic, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Novel mussel-based feed ingredients for animal health and wellbeing – Jens Legarth, CEO Fermentationexperts (Denmark)
Session 2 'Business and Financing'
Plans for long-term Plans for long-term commercial viability of the focus farms – Susanna Minnhagen, Kalmar Municipality (Sweden) viability of the focus farms – Susanna Minnhagen, Kalmar Municipality (Sweden)
Mussel farming and nutrient offsetting stories from Estonia – Urmas Pau, Est- Agar AS (Estonia)
Possible payment schemes for Ecosystem Services (ES) by mussels – Angela Schultz-Zehden, SUBMARINER Network
Addressing the mussel farms in maritime spatial planning processes – Joanna Przedrzymirska, Maritime Institute of Gdansk (Poland)
Session 3 'Outreach'
The Blue Platform project – Hans-Olof Stålgren, PAC Bio
The Danish Baltic Aquaculture Centre – Per Dolmer, Orbicon
Sharing knowledge through transnational cooperation in Interreg Baltic Sea Region – Elena Kolosova, Interreg BSR Programme
A SUBMARINER Network Working Group on Mussels – Efthalia Arvaniti, SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG