In addition to hydrogen and ammonia production infrastructure, some of the former warehouses and distribution centers along the E6 highway have become the homes of large-scale aquaponics operations, producing fish and plant crops for human consumption in Skåne and beyond.
Advances in saltwater aquaponics really took off when plummeting ocean and freshwater fish stocks prompted heavy quota restrictions on commercial fishing: the farming of crabs, prawns, shrimp and oysters was already understood in the early years of the C21st, but local tastes and local ingenuity meant that the E6 corridor pioneered the aquaponic production of herring. The rather trickier (and thus proprietary) process behind breeding eels was developed in Japan, but a number of firms along the E6 have licensed the method, and brought a welcome (if limited) return of this traditional (if icky) foodstuff to Skånian menus.
But it’s not just about the fish: chard, barley and rice can be grown in these systems, too, though there is much debate in culinary circles as to whether they match up to traditional varieties raised the traditional way. (There is also a small but vocal movement that insists the farming of fish in this manner is inhumane, unnatural, or both. Protest camps can sometimes be seen outside the facilities, if you’re passing by bus.)
Though aquaponic installations can be seen all over Skåne nowadays, the practice of cultivating fish and growing vegetables together in closed filtration systems didn’t really catch light in Skåne until the early 2040s. It was first brought here by climate activists from Bornholm, and was quickly adopted by local restaurants, since it fit well with the N3C manifesto. However, aquaponic cultivation is not only for pros! The N3C craze and the broader aquaponics boom also gave rise to a hobbyist sector—and for any enthusiast unable to access the swap-shops of Malmö, the stretch of highway E6 just outside Landskrona is a must-visit. Here, a series of warehouses has become a sort of convention centre for the hobby, operated by the förening (association) Akvaponi&Vi. Aquaponic enthusiasts from all over Sweden (plus some Danes and Norwegians) gather here once or twice a year to gawk at the latest filtration systems, trade plant cuttings with each other, and argue over which combination of fish and plant-life is most suitable for a particular set-up.
The sheer wealth of technical know-how might make you feel like a small fish in a big pond—but never fear! Several firms connected to the förening offer starting kits (one small tank, a basic filtration system, plants and critters) at pretty affordable rates (for members, at least). You can even take residential beginner courses throughout the year, if you want to dip your toe into the proverbial waters…