Aquabest attaining full speed

“Good progress has been made on all work packages,” says coordinator Jouni Vielma contentedly, after the first meeting of Aquabest partners. The meeting was held between 18 and 20 April in Hirtshals, Denmark, hosted by DTU Aqua.

For the first time ever, Aquabest is bringing together and drawing comparisons between licensing systems for fish farming in all Baltic Sea countries. Baseline information has now been gathered and the next stage will involve more detailed analysis of the material. "At this point, it seems that the systems are just as inconsistent as expected," Vielma notes.

The work package focused on spatial planning involves collecting information on how spatial planning should be performed. The aim is to compile a manual on the basis of this information. The first draft of the manual has now been finished. During the project, the guidelines will be applied to the planning of fish farming in net pens in Jämtland, Sweden, and mussel farming in Kalmar, Sweden.

First batches of local fish feed

"The first batches of feed made from local raw materials in the Baltic Sea region, such as mussel flour, have been produced in Laukaa, Finland. Production of larger batches will begin next."

Tests on the use of these feeds are being initiated for rainbow trout farmed in net pens in Finland and for flounder raised in water-recirculating systems in Germany. In Sweden, the long-term effects of these feeds are being tested on Arctic char.

In Denmark, advanced recirculating aquaculture systems have been in use for many years. These enable large production volumes and profitable operations, while minimising the environmental impact. The purpose of Aquabest is to examine how this technology could be used elsewhere. To this end, guidelines will be prepared on how to assess the feasibility of implementing the technology. The first version of these guidelines has been completed, and the guidelines and technology will be tested later in Belarus.

During the project, a week-long course will be organised in Denmark on the recirculating farming technique used in the country. Additional information on the course will be provided on the Aquabest website at a later date.

Inter-project collaboration

The partner meeting in Denmark was also attended by representatives of the Aquafima project. Since Aquafima is dealing with some of the same aquaculture-related themes as Aquabest, cooperation between these projects is natural. Some plans for future collaboration have already been made in Denmark.

On behalf of the project participants, many thanks to DTU Aqua for hosting the event!

Partner meeting, Denmark 2012, Abild

Photo: Jouni Vielma