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 Management (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.
During her visit, The Crown Princess had the opportunity to meet fishermen who have been tasked with recovering ghost nets.
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.
In the afternoon, The Crown Princess visited Simris Alg 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.
During the tour, The Crown Princess found out how the company works with its stem culture library, harvesting, processing, grinding and freezing algae.