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SWEMARC - The Swedish Mariculture Research Center

SWEMARC's aim is that through multidisciplinary and socially engaging research increase the production of food from the sea in a sustainable way.

In 2050 the world’s population is expected to exceed 9.7 billion people. To produce nutritious food to all in a sustainable manner is one of our greatest challenges.

Increase seafood consumption

71 per cent of the earth’s surface constitutes of water, but only offers a few per cent of the food that is produced. The sea is therefore a large unutilised resource. “ Sea food” is nutritious, filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and trace elements and an increased consumption can improve public health. As commercial fisheries are at their maximum, the only sustainable solution to meet an increased demand for seafood is aquaculture.

Develop new farming techniques

Fish outperform other food production animals in converting feed to meat. This makes aquaculture more sustainable than other meat production systems. Aquaculture, like all meat production causes, however, nutrient emissions and SWEMARC aims to minimize these by developing new, innovative farming techniques such as re-circulating systems on land, closed sacks in the sea, and the farming of many species where the emissions can be re-used.

To produce feed for fish and crustaceans without wild fish is another important issue. SWEMARC will study circular cycles, where raw materials from algae, mussels and benthic animals could be used in fish forage. New aqua-cultural species and development of attractive products from these organisms are also focus areas.

Sustainable aquaculture

A sustainable marine aquaculture is much more than just biological and technical development. It is important to co-operate with politicians and the public early in the process to increase the understanding of aquaculture and eating “sea food”. SWEMARC's strong multidisciplinary way of working assembles research groups within economics, law, oceanography, biology and design.

For more information please visit www.swemarc.gu.se.

Page Manager: Annika Koldenius|Last update: 4/20/2017
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