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NOMACULTURE

NOMACULTURE is an interdisciplinary research project that developed strategies for the establishment of a sustainable marine aquaculture in Sweden.

NOMACULTURE was part of the research programme AquaAgri.

NOMACULTURE gathered experts in biology, technology, food science, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and economics in order to, using a transdisciplinary approach, rise to several of the key challenges involved in establishing a sustainable mariculture:

  • to reduce dependence on fish oil and fish meal for aqua-feed
  • to develop high quality larval feeds
  • to minimize nutrient leakage to the ocean
  • to promote a holistic approach to sustainable aquaculture also including the socio-economic aspect
  • to provide knowledge-based information and education to the public and stakeholders

The NOMACULTURE consortium also included public and private stakeholders who supported the long-term goals to establish proof-of-principle aquaculture farms and business plans for a feed company. This ensured environmental and ecological sustainability of high-end products from marine aquaculture in harmony with the local communities.