On May 25th, the BETA Technology Center of the UVic-UCC and the Maritime Network of Catalonia BlueNetCat co-organized a workshop in Vic, Spain, called “Challenges and opportunities for the sustainable management of marine by-products”, a workshop for co-creation of ideas to present the results of the Mediterranean pilot plan of the SEA2LAND project. During the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to learn about the results of the Mediterranean pilot plan, which was mainly carried out at the centre’s facilities. In addition, dialogue was promoted between the different actors involved, with the aim of fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. The meeting has also allowed them to work collectively in the definition of possible viable business models that allow the commercialization of the fertilizer products obtained.
SEA2LAND consortium, led by the research institute NEIKER, has designed seven pilot schemes, combining up to nine different technologies. These pilot schemes are distributed in different areas representative of the different realities of the fishing and aquaculture industry in Europe.
The project is also carrying out an exhaustive mapping of regional nutrient mismatches and the needs of the most nutrient-deficient regions, as well as agronomic potting of the products achieved in order to guarantee their effectiveness and benefits for agricultural production. Another key aspect of SEA2LAND is the analysis of sustainability: part of the research being carried out is to quantify the environmental impacts, social viability and economic aspects to ensure the sustainability of the new practices implemented and ensure the generation of benefits for all stakeholders involved.