Reserved Amount = € 3.565,33
Reserved Amount = € 3.565,33
Ecosystems provide essential services such as food, freshwater, clean air, and shelter. They mitigate natural disasters, pests, and diseases and help regulate the climate. It is predicted that food production must double by 2050 to meet the demand from the world’s growing population. A sustainable blue economy’ will play a central role in alleviating the multiple demands on land resources and in tackling climate change. The sector can contribute by promoting sustainable use of aquatic and marine resources and by providing an alternative source of protein that can relieve pressure on agricultural land.
The cultivation of clams is one of the most sustainable alternative sources of protein used nowadays with less environmental impact. This project will therefore have the following impact:
Once installed, the offshore farm will have the capacity to capture 99,4 tonnes of CO2 per year, based on an estimated annual production of 600 tons of clams. The cultivation of clams is one of the most sustainable alternative sources of protein used nowadays, with less environmental impact, as no chemicals or artificial feeds are used; as they have a filtering function fighting aquatic pollution; and as they capture CO2 in their shell formation;
By providing an alternative source of protein, the sustainable cultivation of clams will not only contribute to alleviating the multiple demands on land resources, but also to restoring marine resources and the seas’ biodiversity, by being an alternative to intensive fishing.
At the moment, Oceano Fresco is constituted by 17 people. When the farm’s operation starts, an increase in staff to 100 people is forecasted in the upcoming years.
This project will also have a positive indirect impact on the local economy, mainly in the area where the farm is installed, Lagos by increasing the incomes of the people who work in this sector.
Click here to read the article "Can the ocean feed us sustainably?" written by Rodrigo Clímaco, responsible for the clam farm of Oceano Fresco.
Oceano Fresco's mission is to contribute to a more sustainable food production, by producing high-quality bivalve species through science-driven aquaculture in a pioneer project in Europe. This is the promoter’s sixth campaign through GoParity, after successfully raising a total amount of € 600.000€, since 2020.
In August 2020, Oceano Fresco started the clam seeds cultivation in a new world-class Biomarine Center in Nazaré that integrates a bivalve hatchery, R&D laboratories, and the company's offices.
In June 2020, it has concluded the setup of the first off-shore clam farm in the world, occupying 100 hectares, in the south of Portugal, 5 km from Lagos/Alvor coast (Algarve), fundamental to completing the biological cultivation cycle.
The amount raised in the previous campaigns has been used to order cables, chains, concrete blocks, buoys, and lanterns needed to set up the farm and begin exploration. Since then, the company has also bought a twelve-meter boat, that has been improved in Penimar, a shipyard in Peniche, and is in the company’s harbor in Lagos since January 2021.
On top of this, it is building a 22-meter boat in the same shipyard.
At the moment, Oceano Fresco has 2,5 million clam seeds ready to be sent to the off-shore farm in Algarve, which is expected to happen until the end of this month.
The structure of the clam farm is composed of submersed horizontal cables, on which lanterns (plates wrapped in a mesh) will be placed and where the clams will be cultivated.
The off-shore farm is fundamental to complete the biological cycle because, after the spawning and hatchery phase, clams need to grow-out until the adult edible size. At the farm, the clams find the perfect conditions to complete the cycle, with a natural source of food and perfect environmental conditions.
The off-shore farm will have a total investment of 3,1M€, of which 1,5M€ were secured by the MAR2020 program and 800K€ by the company's own capital. Puro Mar wants to fund the remaining amount via various campaigns with GoParity.
In April 2020, Oceano Fresco announced the closing of a 3,8M€ additional investment from BlueCrow Capital, the funds manager of the Venture Capital BlueCrow Innovation, which invests in national industrial R&D projects, operating in the economy and in innovative production technologies. So far, the total aggregate investments are close to 7.2M€ for the construction of Oceano Fresco’s Bio Marine Centre in Nazaré and its off-shore exploration.