Project: Optimization of mussel mitigation cultures for fish feed in the Baltic Sea

Acronym OPTIMUS (Reference Number: call2015-117)
Duration 01/04/2017 - 31/03/2020
Project Topic The overall goal of OptiMus is to provide robust evidence-based documentation (ecological, social, and economic) on optimized use of farmed mussel as a mitigation tool for eutrophication that in turn can be a sustainable protein-rich feedstuff for fish. This mitigation concept closes the loop of land-based nutrient inputs to the sea that first are incorporated into farmed mussel, then into farmed fish through mussel feedstuff, and finally returned to land as fish products for human consumption. The objectives of OptiMus are to:_x000D_ • Provide policy guidelines and solutions on future sustainable use of mussel mitigation cultures as fish feed _x000D_ • Obtain social acceptance of the mitigation concept through public outreach_x000D_ • Optimize the production capacity, security and costs of farmed mussels_x000D_ • Estimate positive and negative impacts of mussel cultures in different environments_x000D_ • Provide multi-criteria optimal site selections of mussel farming as input to marine spatial planning_x000D_ • Develop cost-efficient techniques for processing mussels into healthy feedstuff_x000D_ • Explore the social-economic barriers, solutions and perspectives of the mitigation concept_x000D_ The mitigation concept requires a transdisciplinary approach combining biological, technical, and socio-economic research together with a strong public outreach. The project has relevance for combating eutrophication in the coastal zone, sustainable use of aquaculture, providing high-quality fish feed and creating new jobs in rural areas.
Network BONUS
Call Bonus Call 2015: Blue Baltic

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Technical University of Denmark Coordinator Denmark
2 Aarhus University Partner Denmark
3 Leibniz-Institute of Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde Partner Germany
4 Swedish uNIVERSITY of Agricultural Sciences Partner Sweden
5 EUCC - Die Kuesten Union Deutschland e.V. Partner Germany
6 University of Gothenburg Partner Sweden
7 Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences Partner Poland
8 GRAIN Wood A/S Partner Denmark
9 Hjarnø Havbrug A/S Partner Denmark