Experimental farm the Zealand Sole in Colijnsplaat in Zeeland was opened by Minister Gerda Verburg on 1 June. This new test farm aims to carry out land-based production of sea soles, ragworms, molluscs, algae and saline crops in harmony with saline nature.
From Wageningen UR, Plant Research International and Imares will be doing research in the test farm. The farm's aim is to make land-based mariculture in Zealand economically viable, ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable, says Brandenburg. The development of the test farm cost fifteen million euros. Six million was spent on research, while nine million was spent on infrastructure, information dissemination and education. Besides the Province of Zealand, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality and the European Fishery Funds, the test farm is also financed by the Zealand private sector.
During the opening ceremony, the minister released the first young soles and ragworms into the breeding pond in the farm.