The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is organizing procurement of blue mussel harvesting in the Baltic Sea. The tender will result in harvest contracts with one or several mussel farmers located on the east and south coast of Sweden, or in the Åland Islands. The aim is to compensate mussel farmers for the ecosystem services provided when removing nutrients from the sea.
An initial call for tender, which took place in early 2016, will now be followed by a second procurement round, announced on October 6 via the following link: www.slu.se/musslor. Bids are invited from mussel farmers as well as other interested companies with related expertise. The tender closes on January 19, after which the appointed bidders will be notified and contracts signed. The mussel farms will be installed in Spring 2017 in order for the mussel larvae to settle, which normally occurs in the month of May. The mussels should be harvested in Fall 2018.