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Swedish Mariculture Research Center (SWEMARC) is one of six University of Gothenburg's new strong research based on important and current social issues. The venture is a total of 300 million, of which almost 50 million goes to SWEMARC, and builds on the strong interdisciplinary research is needed to solve contemporary global societal challenges.

In 2050, the world population is expected to exceed 9 ½ billion people. Production of nutritious food for all - in a sustainable manner - is one of our greatest challenges.

The surface of the earth constitutes 29% land and 71% water, mainly oceans. Today we produce most of our food on land, with only 2% of the food production as seafood. The marine environment is thus a huge unutilised resource with tremendous potential for increased food production. Seafood is also very nutritious food, rich in omega-3 fats, vitamins and trace elements. Being able to increase the seafood consumption would provide major health benefits. As commercial fisheries are at their maximum, the only sustainable solution to meet an increased demand for seafood is aquaculture!

The main goal of SWEMARC is to increase the marine aquaculture in an environmentally friendly way through interdisciplinary and community engaging research.

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. Recirculating systems on land and multi-species farming in the ocean with circulation of nutrients are some examples SWEMARC will develop further. The production of fish feed not dependent on wild-caught fish, is another important issue. SWEMARC will study how we can create re-circulation, where raw materials from algae, mussels and benthic animals can be used in fish feed.

Development of sustainable marine aquaculture is not limited to biology and technology, but must include economic, legal and societal responsibility. It is also essential to increase public awareness of sustainable mariculture and the health benefits of seafood. Within SWEMARC, we have therefore gathered leading research groups in social, economic, legal, oceanographic, biology and design research.

Download the SWEMARC leaflet.

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