Surveying mussel settlements around the Irish Coast

BIM continually survey for and monitoring mussel stocks around the coast and provide the Irish Bottom Grown Mussel Industry with current information on the beds. These beds are a resource that provides the industry with juvenile mussels to transplant for culture on licensed sites.

Project aim:

Locate and survey the seed mussel beds around the Irish coast and report the location and description of the beds on a seasonal basis when the seed is suitable for transplanting.

Our methods:

The survey work is carried on our purpose built inshore Aquaculture Survey vessel the MV T’Burke.

The MV T'Burke at sea in Dingle Bay

The M.V. T’Burke has a working crew of two

The vessel is kitted with a full range of survey equipment including:

  • seabed classification system, Roxann GD-S
  • side scan sonar
  • two remote operated vehicles (ROV) LBV 150 equipped with cameras
  • shellfish dredges
  • underwater cameras and ROVs and
  • a dive platform.

Sediment Grab on board the MV T'Burke

The vessel also has a sediment grab

Seeing the benefits:

  • The Irish Bottom Grown Mussel industry is provided with current information on the location and description of the beds which assists them to source juvenile mussels for their farms
  • The result of our survey work is also shared with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and helps to inform regulation designed to ensure the sustainable management of the resource.

Visit bit.ly/1phEcjn to view in pictures the latest seed mussel survey evolution on the South East Coast

Contact Us

To learn more about the survey, contact:

Nicolas Chopin
Direct: +353 1 2144 106
Mobile: +353 87 612 7641
Email: Chopin@bim.ie

Project data

Codling Bank Survey Report CoverRead the latest Seed Mussel Survey Reports

Visit bit.ly/1phEcjn to view in pictures the latest seed mussel survey evolution on the South East Coast