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BlueFish is a consortium led by Bangor University bringing together Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities in Wales, the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and the University College of Cork in Ireland.

The BlueFish Project is an Ireland Wales Territorial Co-operation Operation for the Irish and Celtic Sea, focusing on cross border collaboration, climate change and community engagement.

Celtic Voyager
Celtic Voyager, Marine Institute

BlueFish will develop knowledge and understanding of the marine resources of the Irish Sea and Celtic Seas by addressing knowledge gaps regarding the effects on and potential vulnerability of selected commercial fish and shellfish from predicted climate change.

BlueFish aims to provide region-wide adaptation strategies for the benefit of coastal communities through the transfer of knowledge, transnational expertise and best practice with respect to study and management of commercial fish, shellfish and aquaculture under a climate change context, and through the strong marine science partnership.

The operation will assess and disseminate knowledge of risks and opportunities for commercial fish and shellfish under predicted climate change impacts to stakeholder groups, SMEs, coastal communities and interested parties in both Ireland and Wales.

The Welsh and Irish Governments have highlighted the fishing and aquaculture sectors in the Irish Sea, as economically and socially important. Sea fishing and aquaculture is worth millions of pounds to the Irish and Welsh economy and supports large numbers of jobs around the respective Coasts.

Dr Shelagh Malham, Senior Research fellow at Bangor University’s school of ocean sciences:

“The combination of research between academic partners and collaboration with industry partners will ensure these vital industries receive the information and support they need to be more resilient to the changes the industry is facing, and will continue to face in coming years, and to react to opportunities.”

This has led to a cross-border decision by both countries to increase fisheries and aquaculture activities. This project has been awarded €5.5 million over 4 years by the Ireland Wales programme to support the BlueFish research.


The BlueFish Operation has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme 2014 – 2020. A cross-border programme investing in the overall economic, environmental and social well-being of Ireland and Wales.

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