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ECOPELAG – Sweden

About The ECOPELAG Mussel Farm

Founded in 2015, the association Ecopelag is a not-for-profit and is driven by the vision of speeding the Baltic Sea recovery and ensuring sustainable use of its resources through innovation and concrete measures. Their business scheme is based on support and donations (private companies) in exchange for delivered ecosystem services (nutrient reduction, eutrophication abatement). Ecopelag is looking to create a self-sustaining economy around mussel farming, for this, they will introduce a second revenue stream based on marketing small mussels to premium pet food for the Scandinavian markets.  

Throughout the duration of the project, Ecopelag will look to: 

  • Lower the production costs. 
  • Develop high-value products ready for the consumer market and no primary products for the industry (i.e., animal feed industry). 
  • The resulting consortium will be vertically integrated, controlling most of the value chain, from the farm to the end consumer.  

Within production, Ecopelag has identified two main opportunity areas to lower production costs, the first at harvesting and the second on culture monitoring. Adaptations to the harvesting system will allow to reduce the workforce and increase harvest speed. On the other hand, mussel farmers today spend a lot of time traveling back and forth to the mussel operations to make sure the equipment is functioning properly. Installing digital solutions like remote video monitoring systems and sondes to keep track of parameters such as depth, nutrient uptake, etc. will cut monitoring trips. This will not only reduce operating costs but also will reduce emissions and the environmental footprint of the mussel farm.

Baltic Muppets project - Mussels Farm - Ecopelag

Additional efforts will be focused on reducing the cost of transportation of mussels to the processing plant, which will be facilitated by the development of the intermediate bulk storage of mussels at the farm locations (WP2). As part of the project, a prototype of a line for shell and meat separation will also be tested and scaled up.  

Ecopelag, together with its associated partners, seeks to cover the whole supply chain, from the farm to the end user. The harvested mussels will be transferred to the processing plant in Västervik and finally, the end product will be marketed online through associated partners in Sweden, Norway, and Finland.