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Kieler Meeresfarm (KMF) - Germany

About The Kieler Sea Farm

As the first of its kind, KMF has established an integrated production site for mussels, algae, and fish in the German Baltic Sea. They have managed to balance the system regarding nutrients, as algae and mussels counteract the nutrient input from the fish feed. Additionally, the farm serves as a point of research and examination of various questions concerning the integration of different trophic levels within combined aquaculture. KMF maintains a continuous effort to share experiences and knowledge with society by providing talks and tours of the farm to schools, travel groups, and generally interested people.   

KMF’s main product is mussels, which are sold locally to end-consumers, retailers, and restaurants. Their yearly production of 5 t is eco-certified (DE-ÖKO006) allowing them to offer a premium product and stay competitive in the market. Rather than competing with big-scale mussel producers, KFM is looking to diversify its portfolio and thereby create revenue, for example, products based on small mussels.

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Until now, small mussels’ potential has not been explored. Mussels for human consumption take around 2 years to reach a commercial size, which represents a risk because cultures are susceptible to environmental conditions (i.e., changing weather conditions) and other circumstances. By creating a new value chain based on small mussels the risk is lower due to shorter cultivation times while it opens the possibility to establish a locally produced pet food, a completely new product. KFM already has the technology and know-how of mussel cultivation –as well as licensing to expand production–, hence producing 1 to 4 t per year of small mussels allows them to optimize the use of their resources while exploring a new path of revenue generation.  

KFM brings a unique perspective to Baltic MUPPETS as their approach is more on to local, eco-friendly renewable small-scale businesses that can be replicated with a comparatively small investment, yet moderate to high revenues, all around the Baltic and takes up the idea of decentralizing production and sustainable living.