Alternative baits for the Irish whelk fishery

Irish fisheries for whelk (Buccinum undatum) are currently in a time of flux due to increased costs of frozen bait and pressures on high value bait species such as brown crab. This collaboration between the MFRC, BIM, Nofima (Norway) and the Irish fishing industry aims to develop alternative sustainable baits for whelk. The team are […]

AquaVitae H2020

AquaVitae is a new research and innovation project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by Dr Philip James of Nofima in Norway. The project consortium consists of 36 partners, from 16 different countries, spread across four continents. In addition to Europe, partners are situated in countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean, including Brazil, […]

Role of seaweed aquaculture in marine ecosystems

This RISE project builds up on previous field and laboratory investigations conducted in GENIALG aiming to quantify the effect of kelp aquaculture on marine ecosystems. The projects focuses on their impacts on benthic communities and their role in food webs, as biodiversity reservoirs and nursery habitats for fish. This project will determine and quantify the […]

Climate change impacts on fish stocks

This project takes a whole life cycle approach to investigating impacts of climate change on fish stocks. Advanced time series, spatial modelling and biophysical modelling approaches are used to determine the influence of environmental and fishing drivers on larval dispersal and recruitment, adult distributions, migrations and overall stock productivity. The research is conducted in collaboration […]

Education for sustainable development (TUNASIA)

TUNASIA is an ERASMUS+ research project (2017-2021). The project focuses on the modernization and development of curricula at both a BSc and MSc level on the topic of aquaculture in both Vietnam and Thailand. The aims are 1) to incorporate educational competencies as criteria to be assessed within the curricula and 2) to move to […]

Genetic screening of zooplankton

This project aims at developing state-of-the-art molecular tools for the rapid and cost-effective screening of plankton samples for the presence of bivalve and crustacean species of commercial value. This project is in collaboration with BIM and is funded by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund.

Something to be crabby about

Internal parasites often go undetected until an issue arises. Velvet crab yields have recently been reported to be in decline and several microparasites have been found infecting these crustaceans. PhD student Signe Martin aims to investigate these microparasites in order to assess their impact on commercial crustacean species. She is working as a Cullen Scholar […]

Multifunctional agricultural landscapes

The agricultural landscape of many parts of the country, particularly the uplands and west, are comprised of a diverse mix of land types of varying capacities for food production and a broad range of ecosystem services. The Burren context presents a unique opportunity to investigate the potential for improved integration where a system for payments […]


Funded by the EU H2020 Programme (2017-2021) GENIALG aims to increase the production and exploitation of cultivated seaweed in Europe an environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable manner, maximising its ecosystem services. Work package 6 aims at establishing the environmental footprint and ecosystem services of seaweed aquaculture and it is partly led by National University of […]