Project - InnoAquaTech

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Project - InnoAquaTech

INTERREG South Baltic project “Cross-Border development and transfer of innovative and sustainable aquaculture”.

Project start July 2016. Project completion June 2019.

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The EU Commission for Blue Growth in the Baltic Sea Region has identified protein from aquacultural sources as one of the most promising areas of growth. Aquaculture in the South Baltic Region is, however, by no means well established. The aim of the InnoAquaTech project is to determine the potential of deploying diverse innovative aquaculture technologies to increase and optimize the sustainable production of aquatic protein in the South Baltic Region. By strengthening the dialogue with local SME’s in the region’s aquaculture branch and increasing the knowledge about innovative production methods (RAS and aquaponics), the development and innovation capacity of the branch should be increased, thereby contributing to border-crossing growth.

Project objectives
The project activities involve mapping of a technology pool with focus on SME’s and local best practices, 4 pilot plants with focus on RAS technology in the 4 partner countries and the development of an SME service package containing the offer of matchmaking events, training, study trips and an innovation check, which is expected to continue beyond the project lifetime.

Project partners

  • BioCon Valley GmbH (Lead partner), DE
  • University of Rostock, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Aquaculture and Sea Ranching, DE
  • Maritime Institute in Gdansk, PL
  • University of Gdansk, PL
  • National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, PL
  • Public Institution Klaipeda Science and Technology Park, LT
  • Danish Technological Institute, Plant Technology

Total project partners 20.

The main outputs of the project will be an analysis of aquaculture technologies and local adaptations in the South Baltic, a web-based decision support tool for investors, a business plan for the creation of a South Baltic aquaculture alliance, financial support guideline and innovation check for SMEs and 4 regional pilots. The 4 pilots involve feasibility reports on innovative aquaponics systems in Germany and Denmark, the evaluation of potential crustacean production in RAS in Poland and prototype and feasibility study of geothermal RAS shrimp production in Lithuania.

The project has a total budget of €1.677.126.

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InnoAquaTech Study Visit to Belgium – a breath of fresh air for European aquaculture

Almost 20 participants from the South Baltic Region got in touch with innovative approaches of the Flemish aquaculture sector and learned about new species that are to date rarely found in Europe.

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