The Crown Princess visits Marint Centrum and Simris Alg

The Crown Princess on board a Swedish Coast Guard boat.

The Crown Princess on board a Swedish Coast Guard boat. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Thursday 22 August, The Crown Princess visited the Marint Centrum marine centre in Simrishamn and the algae producer Simris Alg in Hammenhög.

The Crown Princess began her visit with County Governor Anneli Hultén at Marint Centrum in Simrishamn. There, Director General of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Managementexternal link, opens in new window (HaV) Jakob Granit spoke about 'ghost nets': lost and discarded fishing nets and trawl nets that continue to catch fish without anyone dealing with the catch. To reduce the problem of ghost nets, Marint Centrum is taking part in the EU-financed MARELITT Baltic project which aims to map the issue and reduce the amount of lost fishing equipment in the Baltic Sea.

The Crown Princess speaks with Director General of HaV Jakob Granit, Simrishamn Municipality project director Vesa Tschernij and Patrik Lindén from the Swedish Coast Guard.

The Crown Princess speaks with Director General of HaV Jakob Granit, Simrishamn Municipality project director Vesa Tschernij and Patrik Lindén from the Swedish Coast Guard. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

During her visit, The Crown Princess had the opportunity to meet fishermen who have been tasked with recovering ghost nets.

Ghost nets on shipwrecks

On board a Swedish Coast Guard boat, The Crown Princess learnt how the Coast Guard and HaV are working to capture ghost nets, and are planning to clear the wreck of the Villion which sank near Simrishamn in 1986.

The Crown Princess carried out a similar visit with HaV to Sotenäs in March 2018. On that occasion, The Crown Princess learnt about the clearing of the Thetis wreck.

Simris Alg

In the afternoon, The Crown Princess visited Simris Algexternal link, opens in new window which cultivates algae used in the production of natural dietary supplements and food. The Crown Princess was given a tour of the company's laboratory and facility, which consists of a 2,000 m² greenhouse. The algae are grown in glass tubes, in which the algae culture is continuously circulated to keep the algae in constant motion.

The Crown Princess at Simris Alg.

The Crown Princess at Simris Alg. Photo: SPA

During the tour, The Crown Princess found out how the company works with its stem culture library, harvesting, processing, grinding and freezing algae.