One of the major problems with fish farming is that nutrients are lost in the surrounding environment when thousands of fish swim close together and are fed in connection with the production. By cultivating seaweed and mussels while sea farming, the lost nutrient salts are collected and are thus transformed into new healthy raw materials instead of burdening the environment.
The purpose of the project is to create a method by which fish, mussels and seaweed can be farmed in one and the same area, thus utilizing the nitrogen cycle. Mussels and seaweed live on nutrients from the fish production, which contains primarily nitrogen. By re-using the nutrients from the fish production, sea farming will be able to earn more money while at the same time ensuring a better aquatic environment.
The specific combo-farming will result in an increase in fish production and in a significant production of seaweed and mussels for consumers as well as in further processing for animal feeds.
"One of the project activities is to analyse the potential of seaweed and mussels to serve as raw materials for the feed industry and for consumption. And it is here in particular that TripleNine comes into the picture," said Development Manager Kjeld Simonsen, TripleNine Fish Protein.
"We must examine the best way to process and use mussels in the production of fishmeal," he adds.
"Currently, this process seems to involve many challenges," says Kjeld Simonsen. "But no matter the circumstances we are happy to participate in such a project whose goal is to find an eco-friendlier method for fish farming, which is also a considerable market for us."