DESCRIPTION OF ACTION
Nutrients can be removed from the sea by fishing cyprinid fish, which helps to reduce eutrophication in coastal waters. In addition, the project promotes the use of cyprinid fish as food. The project initiated cooperation with the K Group, and the first product for consumers under the retail chain’s Pirkka label was launched in 2017: Saaristolaiskalapihvit, fish patties produced by Apetit. The third Pirkka product will be available in shops in May 2020. During the project, demand for roach and bream has increased, and other operators have entered the market with their products. The final report on the project will be published by the end of 2020.
Planned duration 2015–2019. In the pilot phase in 2015 and 2016, a functioning production chain was established in cooperation with local operators in the Turku region.
FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT AND FUNDING
2015–2017: three-year co-funding from the Interreg Central Baltic Programme, as part of the NutriTrade project
2018–2019 John Nurminen Foundation
EUR 150,000 (Ministry of the Environment: EUR 105,000)
MAIN IMPLEMENTING PARTY AND CONTACT
John Nurminen Foundation