The Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC) is a dynamic group of researchers, academics and students working together to enhance the management of marine and freshwater ecosystems in Ireland and worldwide. At the interface of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the MFRC partner with ATU’s Agro-ecology and Rural Development (ARD) research group on projects that focus on sustainable agricultural systems.

Based at ATU’s Galway Campus on the west coast of Ireland, the Centre conducts applied research that is policy relevant. We are committed to working with a range of industry and public sector stakeholders to co-create innovative and practical policy and management solutions to meet a broad range of societal challenges. MFRC research is supported by industry and a diverse range of National and European funding programmes.

MFRC activity is focused on achieving three important outcomes:

  • Enabling sustainability:
    Our researchers help ensure the sustainable management of fisheries and their ecosystems by collecting, analysing and interpreting data.
  • Conserving biodiversity:
    Our scientists help to conserve biodiversity by assessing the response of aquatic species to human impacts and environmental stresses.
  • Improving productivity:
    Our multidisciplinary team works closely with industry, academic partners, and state agencies to identify and implement innovative solutions to optimise the productivity of the seafood sector.