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SWEMARC: The Swedish Mariculture Research Centre at University of Gothenburg

It is estimated that the human population will exceed 9.5 billion in 2050. To produce nutritious food for all – in a sustainable way – is one of our greatest challenges.

The earth’s surface is made up of 29 per cent land and 71 per cent water, mainly marine. Today we produce most of our food on land and aquatic food, fish and shellfish, only constitute two per cent. The sea is largely an unexploited resource when it comes to food production but with an enormous potential. Fish and shellfish are also highly nutritious food, rich in omega 3, vitamins and trace elements. To increase the consumption of food from the sea would be of great benefit to the human population. At present the commercial fisheries are having a strong negative impact on the wild fish stocks and mariculture is the only sustainable way to meet a growing demand for fish and shellfish.

Through transdiciplinary and socially responsible science SWEMARC aims to increase the sustainable culturing of marine organisms.

Fish and shellfish are one of the best converters of feed to human food, making aquaculture more sustainable than meat production. Aquaculture, just like meat production release excess nutrients to the environment, a problem SWEMARC wants to address by developing new culturing techniques. Recirculating systems on land and multi trophic cultures in the sea where nutrients can be recycled, are some examples of research topics within SWEMARC. One other important issue is to develop mariculture feed free from wild fish. SWEMARC will look into how we can form circular systems, where algae, mussels and invertebrates can be used as ingredients in fish feed.

In order to create sustainable mariculture we can not only study biology and technical aspects, but also economy, law and social sciences. It is important to raise the awareness among the public about sustainable mariculture and the positive health effects of eating fish and shellfish. In order to achieve this we have in SWEMARC gathered a number of leading groups of scientists in the fields of economy, social sciences, law, oceanography, biology and design.

Link to SWEMARC homepage

Contact information

For more information please contact Kristina Snuttan Sundell at the Department of Biological and Environmental sciences at University of Gothenburg.

Page Manager: Albin Dahlin|Last update: 11/7/2017

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