26.11.2021 | Introduction to Wadden Fund

In the Blauwe Polder 1 project (2021-2023), the Oceans at Work Foundation is collaborating on the realization of a "Sea farm on land" on the Wadden Island of Texel. We are developing a hatchery for fry (young fish) and an outgrowth facility where the fish can further develop into adults. Circular breeding techniques will be applied and further refined. Initially, this will involve turbot and cod. The hatchery will be located in the breeding center of our knowledge partner Blue Linked in Hazerswoude-dorp. The growth facility will be on Texel.

Due to corona measures, the meeting took place online. Above from left to right: Renze Schootstra grants specialist Wadden Fund, Eric Heres (Oceans at Work Foundation). Below from left to right: Frans and Renate van der Veer, Michaël Laterveer (Oceans at Work Foundation). On the right: Hans van Hilten, program director nature and energy Wadden Fund. Bottom right (small): Manon Laterveer-de Beer (Oceans at Work Foundation).

Taking innovation further

This week, as a board, we got to know those involved with the Wadden Fund - the project's subsidizer. We spoke with Renze Schootstra, grant specialist Wadden Fund and with Hans van Hilten, program director nature and energy Wadden Fund. We told them about our working visit to Texel last week. And Michaël Laterveer, co-founder of the Oceans at Work Foundation and owner of knowledge partner Blue Linked, took us into the world of universities and knowledge institutions with which partnerships are established. This collaboration is important in order to underpin the circular fish farming techniques developed within the project with solid knowledge. 'We have already demonstrated that it works with a proof of concept,' says Michaël. 'Thanks to the Wadden Fund we can now take this innovation further. We appreciate that very much.'

Circular mindset

Both Renze and Hans express that they find the 'Sea farm on land' an interesting project. Hans: "The circular concept is something that appeals to us. If you can farm sea fish on land within the dikes, it may mean that you can reduce the negative effects of fishing, such as seabed disturbance. In addition, it is important for the wadden coast to look at regional economic opportunities. We could find new niches for this area with this approach. We look forward to visiting the hatchery early next year.