Latvian coastal municipalities discussing perspectives of innovative marine uses

Stakeholder workshops on innovative uses of Baltic Sea resources for reducing eutrophication and strengthening local economies

LV_stakeholder_workshop1With the aim of spreading information about the results of the projects and raising discussion about innovative Baltic Sea resource use, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MEPRD) in cooperation with the Environmental Development Association as representative organizations from SUBMARINER project as well as the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund (Baltic EcoMussel, Cofreen projects) and Kurzeme Planning Region (Baltic EcoMussel) organized three workshops in coastal municipalities in Latvia. Two of them were hosted by EcoMussel and one by SUBMARINER and MEPRD.

Local administration specialists, decision makers, fishermen, tourism entrepreneurs and environmental specialists from coastal regions were invited to take a part and give their vision and opinion about mussel cultivation, reed harvesting and macroalgae harvesting in Latvia as well as to describe their interest and opportunities to promote innovative and sustainable Baltic Sea resource use in coastal regions.


Masterplan Marine Biotechnology Schleswig-Holstein to be launched on 24 May 2013

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The northern German federal state Schleswig-Holstein is known as “land between the seas”. Already in 2004 its government launched the initiative “Sea Our Future” to pool and promote maritime issues. Schleswig-Holstein’s economy is closely linked to the North and the Baltic Sea. Marine Biotechnology as a future key technology is an integral part of it. Within the SUBMARINER project, Norgenta is responsible for the preparation of a regional development strategy for Marine Biotechnology in Schleswig-Holstein. The process included identification of the main industrial topics and markets (functional food, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and cosmetics) as well as academic topics (marine genomics, marine microbial diversity, biologically active substances, and biobanking). A SWOT analysis was carried out and series of activities were proposed.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology of the Land Schleswig Holstein together with Norgenta North German Life Science Agency will host the official launch of the Masterplan Marine Biotechnology Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel on 24 May 2013. For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Download the Masterplan and its annex as PDF Files (in German).


SUBMARINER releases Mussel Farming Magazine

cover_mussel_perspectives105pxSUBMARINER has just published a magazine on mussel farming in its series of perspectives from Cooperation Events. This publication is a follow-up of the Åland Aquaculture Week which was held in Mariehamn, Åland in October 2012 in collaboration with the Aquabest project. The contributors discuss the use of mussel farming as an environmental measure for improving the water quality of the highly eutrophied Baltic Sea, other applications such as human consumption and feed production, technological solutions to be applied in Baltic Sea conditions, but also possible challenges to a wide-spread introduction of mussel farming in the Baltic Sea.
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Scientists of Lithuania and Germany presented aquaculture development possibilities at the national coastal areas

kmtp_logo_enThe Lithuanian coastal areas have wide although still unused perspectives to implement aquaculture projects. The experience on the possible types of these projects, how scientists and business persons may contribute to the promotion of aquaculture sector was shared by the President of Aquaculture Association of Germany Prof. Dr. Bela H. Buck, representatives of Lithuanian science and business presented their visions. The session took place at Klaipėda Science and Technology Park (KMTP).
According to the participants of the project SUBMARINER it is necessary to look for new ways of efficient usage of marine resources aimed not only for the development of scientific and business potential, promotion of the economy but also focused on the improvement of the environment of the Baltic Sea.


MaCumBA: New FP7 project on untold diversity of marine microbes

MaCumBA is a new four-year research project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies. This joint venture of 23 partner institutions from 11 EU countries is led by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and has a budget of over €12 million, of which €9 million is funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme.


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