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New methods for a cleaner coast

Eutrophication is one of the most severe environmental problems in the Baltic Sea today. It is caused by excess input of nutrients from land to the sea.This project aims at developing mussel farming as an environmental measure to enhance the water quality in the Baltic Sea.

By developing a farming process and use the mussels as forage or as nutrient for organic agriculture.

The objective is to research if a farm of 150 tons mussels will, by eating phytoplankton, reduce eutrophication and make the water clearer. In the next step the mussels will be refined into forage for hens and to nutrient to organic agriculture. This could lead to a cycle of nutrient as the nutrients are beeing brought back to land.

The first results will be presented in June 2009. The project is lead by Associate Professor Odd Lindahl and financed by Baltic Sea 2020.

 For more information please contact:
Lotta Samuelson, Projekt Manager Eutrophication, Baltic Sea 2020, +46 8-673 97 61
Odd Lindahl, ssociate Professor in Marine Ecology : +46 709-49 23 00