Growing Algae Sustainably in the Baltic Sea
GRASS
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
2 Natural resources
objective
2.4 Blue growth

GRASS

GRASS aims to close the legislative gap for macroalgae cultivation in order to facilitate its introduction to the market as food, energy and consumables, such as plastics. The project maps possible sites for macroalgae cultivation and harvesting, which include implications for spatial planning. It also provides public authorities with training on the licensing, production and use of macroalgae.
Project summary

Growing algae sustainably in the Baltic Sea

Biomass produced from macroalgae can be used as food and consumables, such as plastics and energy. However, growing and harvesting macroalgae is still in its infancy in the Baltic Sea: there is a lack of in-depth and wide-spread knowledge on the potential benefits. To deal with this challenge, the project GRASS raises the awareness and builds capacities on the macroalgae cultivation, harvesting and use among public authorities and other relevant stakeholders across the region.

Various aspects of macroalgae production in the Baltic Sea region

GRASS collects and analyses environmental data, points out to sites where microalgae can be grown and identifies efficient production methods. Furthermore, the project partners look into current gaps in legislation and regulations to unlock the potential of sustainable production and use of macroalgae, for example as food. This goes in line with developing a decision support tool for macroalgae cultivation, harvesting and use in the Baltic Sea region.

All you need to know about macroalgae

The comprehensive knowledge compiled by GRASS on the macroalgae cultivation, harvesting and application helps regional and national public authorities, such as environmental and planning agen-cies, practitioners, research institutes and related NGOs to understand the benefits of macroalgae production and create favourable conditions for it. By this, GRASS develops blue bioeconomy and triggers blue growth in the Batlic Sea region.

Budgets

GRASS
in numbers
  • 2.00
    Million
    Total
  • 1.55
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.05
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

As part of a series of stakeholder meetings, the project partner SYKE presented Finnish food authorities, aquaculture producer unions, regional governments and agriculture ministries with information on European and national regulations on seaweed cultivation and harvesting.

Additionally, the project produced an interactive online map showing sites in the Baltic Sea suitable for seaweed cultivation. These map layers are a tool for public authorities and private businesses that are interested in setting up or investing in a macroalgae farm. It helps them make decisions based on cultivation potential, nutrient removal, and potential trade-offs or conflicts due to other uses of the maritime space, such as fishing or shipping.

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology

  • Town
    Stockholm
  • Region
    Stockholms län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
465,310.00
59.325117218.0710935

University of Tartu

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
245,500.00
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Finnish Environment Institute

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
270,000.00
60.167488124.9427473

National Marine Fisheries Research Institute

  • Town
    Gdynia
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
206,303.50
53.255277819.3958333

University of Turku

  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
160,345.30
60.451753122.2670522

Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Agency of Daugavpils University (LIAE)

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
170,000.00
56.949397724.1051846

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

  • Town
    Berlin
  • Region
    Berlin
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
140,950.00
52.517036513.3888599

Republic of Estonia Ministry of the Environment

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
53,300.00
59.437215524.7453688

Kurzeme Planning Region

  • Town
    Saldus
  • Region
    Kurzeme
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
179,417.00
55.612908523.0473165

Uppsala University

  • Town
    Visby
  • Region
    Gotlands län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
54,932.00
57.637936118.297982

Interregional charitable public organization "Biologists for nature conservation"

  • Town
    St. Petersburg
  • Region
    City of St. Petersburg
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
55,200.00
59.91785735000000630.380619357025516