MSP and the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy

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27 April 2021 | 9h30 – 12h00 CET

Join an online workshop from ”Better off Blue”on the 27th of april. Participants will learn about current information on criteria for optimal site selection; relevant data availability and modelling and whether / how these activities are considered in current Baltic Maritime Spatial Plans. The ambition is to discuss how data and information could be more efficiently collected in an effective system for identification and monitoring of existing and future Blue Bioeconomy Sites and how to best structure a large-scale future BSR-wide project.

The Blue Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea encompasses activities like low-trophic aquaculture (mussel and algae cultivations); biomass harvesting (beach cast, seaweed, floating emergent plants, reed) and sustainable forms of fish & shrimp aquaculture (in RAS systems, offshore, IMTAs). As these activities gain in importance also in view of the updated HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan, BSR countries are increasingly considering the spatial dimensions of these activities, especially in view of finding optimal sites as to enable such activities to take place.

The workshop is relevant for all blue bioeconomy actors, including mussel and algae farmers, researchers, BSR coastal regions, ministries and authorities responsible for MSP, licensing and permitting of blue bioeconomy activities. Specifically, the workshop will gather input and feedback on the ‘State of Play’ report capturing the state of blue bioeconomy siting, developed as part of BlueBioSites.