Project ULTFARMS is a pioneering Horizon Europe Ocean Mission project that is set to transform the future of Low-Trophic Aquaculture (LTA) systems. Our project is designed to optimise production of LTA systems in harsh offshore conditions and low-salinity environments through the integration of innovative engineering, technical, ecological, and biological processes. ULTFARMS will generate a profitable, sustainable, and ecological production chain of low-trophic level species, such as seaweed and molluscs, in offshore wind farms located in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.
Led by Deltares, an independent institute for water and subsurface research based in the Netherlands, ULTFARMS is a 42-month project that started on January 1st, 2023, and ends on June 30th, 2026. Our consortium consists of 25 members from 9 different countries, including stakeholders from across the value chains of OWF and LTA.
ULTFARMS aims to increase Europe’s low-trophic aquaculture capacity through innovative processes that optimize production in challenging offshore conditions. By integrating Low-Trophic Aquaculture systems within Offshore Wind Farms, ULTFARMS aims to ensure environmentally responsible and commercially viable LTA products. Through the development of new cultivation structures, grow-out systems, and eco-friendly designs, ULTFARMS represents a significant advancement in sustainable offshore aquaculture, benefiting both the environment and the economy.
ULTFARMS is a pioneering ocean multi-use project aimed at augmenting Europe’s capacity for low-trophic aquaculture through the sharing of marine space in multi-use settings. The project’s main objective is to transform offshore aquaculture by devising innovative engineering, technical, ecological, and biological processes that optimize production in harsh offshore conditions and low-salinity environments. ULTFARMS integrates Low-Trophic Aquaculture (LTA) systems within Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs) to guarantee environmentally responsible, low-carbon, and safe LTA products from conception to market. The project will advance new cultivation structures, grow-out systems, and eco-friendly design measures and represents a significant step forward in the development of sustainable offshore aquaculture, providing significant benefits to both the environment and the economy.