December 2013

Remember to comment on Aquabest Recommendations!

Aquabest project has been working for over two years to suggest ways to increase aquaculture production using sustainable practices and technologies in the Baltic Sea region. Aquabest Recommendations, a collaborative work between 14 organizations and various stakeholders, will contain the main messages towards decision makers. We would be grateful of Your views and comments on our proposal how to increase sustainable aquaculture production both in the Baltic Sea and its drainage area. Please send your feedback to project coordinator Jouni Vielma by 20.12.2013.


Learning about recirculating aquaculture from Denmark

Actors in the Baltic fish farming sector were keen to learn more about recirculating aquaculture in Denmark. The intensive course, part of the Aquabest project, was attended by over 20 people from the Baltic area interested in recirculating aquaculture.


How to close the nutrient loop in the Baltic Sea?

Aquabest project organized three roundtable discussions where stakeholders discussed the obstacles and opportunities of closing the nutrient loop. Implementing incitements which encourage fish farmers to choose feeds which contain more locally sourced marine nutrients was identified as crucial for closing the nutrient loop.


Mussel farming technology manual published

The two contributions making up the mussel farming technology manual package are a comprenhensive overview for a future Baltic Sea mussel industry, especially when taking harsh conditions such as the ice cover, drift and pack ice of the Baltic winters into account.


Mussel meal might in the future become a competitive ingredient for fish feeds

Current small production volumes do not allow for mussel meal to be incorporated into fish feed on a Baltic Sea region wide industrial scale. With ever increasing price for fish meal and fish oil mussel meal might in the future become a competitive ingredient for fish feeds.


The environmental permit is the most important permit for aquaculture in both Finland and on Åland

Water quality issues are high on the agenda for permit authorities both in Finland and on Åland. As an increased aquaculture production is high on the EU wishlist at the same time as water quality improvement is a requirement by law, the industry together with the authorities are forced to be creative as far as nutrient abatement and compensation measures go.


”If you are not at the table, you are on the menu”

The second workshop in the European Commission’s marine spatial planning workshop series was held on November 15th in Vilnius, Lithuania. Aquaculture was recognized as being of great importance for the achievement of "blue growth" in Europe, MSP should be used for making sure that this sector has access to space, in suitable locations.

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