By initiative of the SUBMARINER project a meeting was organised on October 12th 2011 in Rostock between SUBMARINER and two new Baltic Sea Region Projects dealing with aquaculture:
AQUABEST (Innovative practices and technologies for developing sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region), led by the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute in Finland
AQUAFIMA (Integrating Aquaculture and Fisheries Management towards a sustainable regional development in the Baltic Sea Region), led by the Landgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH in Germany.
Representatives of the Lead Partners and project managers came together to discuss future steps for cooperation between all three projects in order to benefit as much as possible from each others activities.
Nordic Innovation and the Nordic Council of Ministers will invest 45 million Norwegian kroner in the Nordic marine industry. A total of 15 projects have received funding, and participants in the projects have to find new solutions to everything from a new standard for exclusive Nordic caviar to "bootcamps" for students in marine sciences.
A newly designed system for the cultivation of algae has highlighted the commercial potential for a range of algae-derived products; above all, production of omega-3 fatty acids.
The Austrian-based biotech company Ecoduna is poised to bring industrial-scale algae production to the mainstream with the development of its PHOBIOR project. Named for the photo-bioreactor technology that it employs, the project aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of microalgae cultivation for the production of omega-3 fatty acids. The project is financed through the EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.
Within the scope of the SUBMARINER project, the Center for Marine Natural Products (KiWiZ) at IFM-GEOMAR and Norgenta North German Life Science Agency GmbH will host the Blue Biotechnology Cooperation Event “New Strategies and Future Perspectives”. It will take place in Kiel, Germany on May 9th and 10th, 2012.
The event will focus on the exploration of the great biodiversity of marine organisms such as algae, invertebrates, bacteria and fungi, which offer a promising potential for scientific research and biotechnological application towards high value products.
Topics of the event will be bioactive compounds, enzymes, and biopolymers from marine organisms usable as pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and cosmetics as well as products for wellness, human care or industrial processes. Advanced scientific approaches, case studies of companies working in this field and strategies for promoting Blue Biotechnology will be presented.
SUBMARINER is proud to announce the release of its new magazine issue presenting the perspectives from the recent Algae Cooperation Event held in Trelleborg, Sweden in September 2011.
The issue contains articles focused on the latest knowledge about algae harvesting for production of sustainable energy, discussions concerning the present and potential use of algae around the Baltic Sea region, with case studies from other parts of Europe as well as a series of articles delving into the topic of algae biofuels.