Climate change and marine conservation

The 2015 MCCIP Report Card on marine biodiversity legislation showed that climate change is likely to have significant impacts on the UK’s marine protected areas and their features but identified a lack of advice on how protected features should be managed to build resilience to climate change.

MCCIP has therefore worked with some of the UK’s leading experts from academia and nature conservation agencies to produce a series of cards on how to manage protected species and habitats to help them adapt to climate change. There are seven cards, published in October 2018, each with a focus on a specific habitat or species, selected because they are known to be vulnerable to climate change impacts. Their conservation also helps support wider plant and animal communities; provides nursery grounds for fish and shellfish; and stores carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change effects.

Cards available to download now

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Artwork highlighting the importance of the ocean is unveiled

A series of illustrations about the importance of the ocean to the coastal communities of Ireland and Wales were unveiled at the Marine Institute, as part of a BlueFish Project meeting. BlueFish is a marine science research project focusing on the importance of the ocean to economic activities of coastal communities and potential impacts of… Continue Reading

PhD opportunity with BlueFish – ”Understanding cockle health and ecological impacts in the Irish Sea”

Applications are invited for a PhD in “Understanding cockle health and ecological impacts in the Irish Sea”, which will be supervised by Prof Sarah Culloty (Head), Dr Ruth Ramsay and Dr Sharon Lynch as part of the Ireland Wales INTERREG Programme. The studentship will be based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences… Continue Reading

PhD opportunity with BlueFish – ”Aquatic Alien Species in the Irish Sea”

Applications are invited for a PhD in “Aquatic Alien Species and Ecosystem Health Impacts”, which will be supervised by Prof. Sarah Culloty, Dr. Ruth Ramsey, and Dr. Sharon Lynch as part of the Ireland Wales INTERREG Programme funded BLUEFISH project. The studentship will be based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES),… Continue Reading

BlueFish Project Launch

            Researchers, industry representatives and commercial producers from both sides of the Irish Sea congregated in Bangor University on Tuesday to officially launch the BlueFish Project, a  collaboration between Wales and Ireland that will examine the effect of climate change on fish and shellfish sustainability in the Irish Sea. Speaking… Continue Reading

BLUEFISH @ Aberystwyth

BLUEFISH @ Aberystwyth Professor Paul Shaw is leading the Aberystwyth University component of the €6.25 million BLUEFISH project, funded under the Ireland-Wales EU Interreg programme to investigate potential effects of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture activities across the Irish Sea. Read more here         Continue Reading

Continued European collaboration vital for Wales, says Finance Minister

Continued European collaboration vital for Wales, says Finance Minister The Finance Secretary will met scientists from Bangor University, Aberystwyth University and representatives from the industry to hear about the progress of two cross-border projects aimed at growing both nations’ shellfish industries and assessing the effects of climate change in the Irish Sea.      … Continue Reading

Visit by Irish Ambassador

Visit by Irish Ambassador We were delighted to showcase the BlueFish Project recently to the Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK, Mr Mulhall. Welcoming Mr Mulhall to the University, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John G. Hughes, said:“It is a pleasure to welcome the Irish Ambassador to Bangor University and to showcase some of the innovative collaborations we have… Continue Reading

New €6.6m EU investment in Wales and Ireland’s fisheries industry

New €6.6m EU investment in Wales and Ireland’s fisheries industry A €6.6m investment has been announced for Bluefish an Ireland Wales Territorial Co-operation Operation for the Irish and Celtic Seas focusing cross border collaboration, climate change and community engagement. ‌‌Bluefish is a consortium consisting of Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities in Wales, the Marine Institute,… Continue Reading

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