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Commercial mussel farming, processing and end-use in the Baltic Sea Region, CB58, Baltic EcoMussel

Project duration

2012-2013 (24 months)


Recent research shows that commercial farming of mussels in the Baltic Sea Region is viable and offers socio-economic and environmental benefits. Commercial farming of mussels would enable fishing communities to diversify their income sources, create jobs and provide an alternative feedstock for use as feed, in biogas production or in other sectors. The Baltic EcoMussel project represents a key step in the commercialisation of mussel farming, as it will provide stakeholders with tools to enable upscaling across the Baltic Sea Region. Moreover, Baltic EcoMussel includes a range of strategic analyses that will ensure that commercialisation of mussel farming is done in an efficient and sustainable manner.

Project objective

Baltic EcoMussel aims to help accelerate the adoption of mussel farming in the Baltic Sea Region by providing information and tools to support investments.

Main activities of Project

  • assessment of regulatory conditions and developing guidelines and business plans for farmers;
  • assessment of market potential and socio-economic impacts of large-scale farming;
  • establishing methodologies and routines for monitoring and evaluation of farms;
  • gathering, informing and training key stakeholders from the research community, aquaculture and end-user groups.

Project budget

Proposed project budget ~ 723 000 EUR. LEIF contributes to the Project as Project partner with amount 104 T EUR (including self-financing 10%).

Project partners

  • East Sweden Energy Agency (Sweden) - main partner
  • Novia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
  • Latvian Environmental Investment Fund (Latvia)
  • Kurzeme Planning Region (Latvia)

Project is financed by

EU Programme - Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013 by ERDF 


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