Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden paid a visit to the Marine Centre and Simris Alg late last week.
On Thursday, Victoria began a day of engagements focusing on marine life and the marine economy.
In the morning, she visited the Marine Centre in Simrishamn with the Director-General of the Sea and Water Authority, Jakob Granit, who filled her in on what the Centre does; as well as learning the results of the MARELITT Baltic project, which is a joint project between Sweden, Poland, Germany and Estonia to find lost fishing gear, or ghost yarn – lost fishing nets and trawls – in the Baltic Sea.
“We had an intensive program, but everything has worked out perfectly and I felt that the Crown Princess was very pleased with the day,” Madeleine Lundin, the Development Manager at the Marine Centre said in a press release on the Centre’s official website.
“The Crown Princess’s commitment to the Baltic Sea environment is great and she works actively with various marine environment issues, which means that she is well versed in the basics. It feels good that we could help give the Crown Princess more knowledge by sharing our experience.”
Crown Princess Victoria also met with fishermen aboard a boat outside the Marine Centre who work to find ghost yarn in the Baltic. Following this, Victoria traveled with the Coast Guard to the shipwreck of the Villon before returning back to the Centre for lunch.
In the afternoon, Victoria visited Simris Alg.
Simris Alg is an algae-growing agribusiness located in Hammenhög, Sweden. According to its website, the company aims to “empower healthy and planet-friendly lifestyles by delivering superior products from algae” in an effort to be “a landmark business for the bio-based economy.”
In a blog post on the Simris Alg website, the company says that they were honoured to welcome Victoria as they know of her “dedication to marine science, the oceans and aquatic environments, and we were happy to share our own passion for ocean health with her.”
During her tour of the facilities, Victoria learned about the company’s efforts to promote a circular economy “by creating sustainable loops with neighbouring farms and industries,” as well as how Omega-3 can help curb overfishing.
Victoria also visited the greenhouses and labs to see how microalgae are grown. She was able to see microalgae strains in a microscope and helped harvest some before undertaking a taste-testing of algae snacks and vegan ice cream.