Context and needs analysis
The growth of the shellfish sector in EU is nearly stagnant due to the increasing global competition and the saturation of the areas protected from swell where intensive mollusc farming is viable. OpenMode is launched to go beyond the resilient platforms tested in previous works, proposing floating connectable modules for intensive farming in open waters.
Its main objective is to prove their capacity to bridge the sector gaps farming on four full-scale demonstrators in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea Basins.
The main gap is the absence of an intensive mollusc farming system for open waters, which is limiting the growth of the sector.
- In the Atlantic basin, the main problem is the intensity of the swell in open waters.
- In the Mediterranean basin, the lack of phytoplankton in the protected areas and the intense predatory.
- In North sea and Baltic sea, the absence of an intensive system that enables to scale-up the compensation policies.
The challenge is double: First, to demonstrate the efficiency and functionality of the proposed modules farming under different swell conditions, and second, prove that the technology of these affordable and resilient platforms can be very profitable for other blue growth applications.