Enabling Sustainability

Funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), U-AVES is an industry/academic partnership between ATU, BlueWise Marine, A-TechSYN, and Energia Renewables.  The project aims to investigate the use of a long endurance fixed wing vertical take off and landing (VTOL) uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) to conduct large scale, offshore ecological surveys for seabirds and marine mammals.
Naviculaceae image taken using confocal microscopy by Angeline Le Fran at CMABio3, Caen (France)
The Cli-PhI project brings together experts in ecology, statistics, harmful algal blooms and oceanography to build comprehensive understanding of spatial and temporal patterns in phytoplankton abundance, diversity, and distribution in Irish coastal waters.
Fresh mackerel on the market
This collaboration between ATU, BIM and the Marine Institute aims to characterise Kudoa sp. infection in the Irish mackerel fishery using molecular and histological techniques, to identify biological and environmental factors associated with infection and to develop tools for mitigating the impacts on commercial fishing and processing operations.
This research project studies the factors affecting growth and epiphytical communities in seamoss aquaculture in Grenada. It is collaboration between ATU and St George’s University, funded by the Our Shared Oceans Programme.
Galway Bay is Calling
Galway Bay is Calling is a project funded by the Creative Ireland Programme for Climate Action (details here) and is led by Music for Galway (https://musicforgalway.ie/),  in collaboration with the Galway Atlantaquaria (https://nationalaquarium.ie/) and the Atlantic Technological University (https://www.atu.ie/).
An image of a large cluster of black mussel shells visible at low tide.
The main aim of this project is to disentangle genetic structure and adaptive potential of mussels in Irish waters to understand native vs non-indigenous species dynamics and enable sustainable seafood production.
Uncooked fresh common whelks or sea snails isolated on a white studio background. Traditionally pickled and eaten at the seaside, isolated on a white studio background
This collaboration between the MFRC, BIM, Nofima (Norway) and the Irish fishing industry aims to develop alternative sustainable baits for the Irish whelk fishery.