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Project Aims to Find Carbon Sinks in Aquaculture

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SPAIN - Researchers in Spain are finding ways to use aquaculture to create carbon sinks. This is hoped to help prevent climate change.

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This initiative, developed by the OESA Foundation in collaboration with the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Santiago de Compostela and the company Algaenergy, attempt to explore how aquaculture can help mitigate the effects of climate change through the cultivation of fixing carbon dioxide (CO2) in algae and molluscs (mussels, oysters and clams).

The project aims to find new carbon sinks in Spanish aquaculture production, of which over 80 per cent is molluscs.

Among the objectives of the project is to equip the Spanish aquaculture sector with new tools to calculate the carbon footprint of the cultivated species.

During the first half of the year, progress was made in developing a first report on the interactions of climate change and aquaculture.