Aquaculture

We publish a range of reports

Aquaculture Publications

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Seed Mussel Survey Tonnage Estimation Report for the Blackwater Area

August 2021

Seed Mussel Survey Tonnage Estimation Report for the Blackwater Area

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Seed Mussel Survey Tonnage Estimation Report for Cahore/Rusk Channel

July & August 2021

Seed Mussel Survey Tonnage Estimation Report for Cahore/Rusk Channel

 

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Seed Mussel Survey Tonnage Estimation Report for the Rosslare area, Co Wexford

10th August 2021

Seed Mussel Survey Tonnage Estimation Report for the Rosslare area

 

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Glassgorman area, Co Wexford

29 June – 1 July 2021, 13 July – 15 July 2021

Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Glassgorman area

 

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Southeast Coast

May / June 2021

Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Southeast Coast

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Rusk Channel

12/05 to 14/05/2021

Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Rusk Channel

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Rosslare

18 and 19/05/2021

Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Rosslare

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BIM EMFF Grant Case Studies Report 2020

21 April 2021 

BIM EMFF Grant Case Studies Report 2020

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BIM Seed Mussel Bed Post Fishery Survey 2020

26 March 2021

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Scoping a Seaweed Biorefinery Concept for Ireland

23 Oct 2020

Scoping a seaweed bio-refinery concept for Ireland’ report, commissioned by BIM in late 2019, and supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, highlights the potential to increase the value of Irish seaweed by focusing on its use as an ingredient at the whole-sale level for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the South Wicklow Head - 12/08/2020 - 10/09/2020

8 Oct 2020

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for Castlemaine Harbour - 01/09/2020, 15 and 16/09/2020

18 Sep 2020

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Seed Mussel Survey Tonnage Estimation Report for the Rosslare Area – 26/08/2020

31 Aug 2020

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Seed Mussel Survey Tonnage Estimation Report for the Rusk Channel Area – 18/08/2020

31 Aug 2020

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Blackwater/Cahore Point and Rusk Channel Area - 21 July to 07 August 2020

13 Aug 2020

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wexford/Rosslare Area - 7-16 July 2020

21 Jul 2020

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Mussel Larvae Monitoring 2019

1 Apr 2020

The 2019 Mussel Larvae Report from BIM, partly carried out through the INTERREG BLUEFISH Project and EMFF is now available. The purpose of this mussel monitoring program is to study the reproduction, larval development and settlement of mussels, allowing for better planning of mussel seed fishing and relaying to improve mussel production tonnage.

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Special Unified Marking Scheme SOP

17 Feb 2020

The Special Unified Marking Scheme (SUMS) SOP provides practical advice to aquaculture operators in Ireland on the installation and maintenance of Aids to Navigation (AtoN) on their sites.

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BIM Annual Aquaculture Survey 2019

17 Dec 2019

Statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2019 based on our annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers

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Tonnage Report for the Long Bank in May 2019

20 Aug 2019

The bed between the Long Bank and Lucifer Bank has extended in area to 126 hectares and has been quantified conservatively at 3500 tonnes.

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for South Cahore Head and the Rusk Channel

20 Aug 2019

Seed Mussel Survey Report for South Cahore Head and the Rusk Channel from 31 July to 01 August 2019

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for South Wicklow Head

23 Jul 2019

Seed Mussel Survey Report for South Wicklow Head during 20-24 June 2019

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Glassgorman Banks

23 Jul 2019

Seed Mussel Survey Report for the area south of Glassgorman Banks on 7 July 2019

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Rosslare and Wexford

23 Jul 2019

Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Rosslare and Wexford approaches (East and West of the Long Bank, and the South Shear) during 7 to 14 May 2019.

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Cromane and Kells Bay

23 Jul 2019

Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Cromane and Kells Bay on 6 June 2019

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Cahore Point

23 Jul 2019

Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Cahore Point (North and South of the Rusk Channel, east of Cahore Point) during 9 to 14 May 2019

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Seed Mussel Survey report for Howth

14 Sep 2018

Seed Mussel Survey report for Howth from 11 to 13 September 2018. In the channel between Ireland’s Eye and Howth.

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Seed Mussel Survey Update for the Southeast Coast

14 Sep 2018

Seed Mussel Survey Report Update in September 2018 for the Southeast Coast (Cahore Point, Rusk Channel and South Wicklow Head).

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Seed Mussel Survey for the Southeast Coast

14 Aug 2018

The three areas – Rosslare, Long Bank and Bar Buoy – were surveyed from 21 June to 16 July.

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for Cahore Point/Rusk Channel

13 Jul 2018

Area surveyed – the shore south of Cahore point and the south end of the Rusk Channel during 03 to 05 July 2018

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BIM Annual Aquaculture Survey 2018

14 May 2018

Statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2018 based on our annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers

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Tetraploid Oyster Programme 2016 Report

30 Aug 2017

2016 Report on BIM’s programme of work to build on securing a sufficiently large tetraploid broodstock pool for selective breeding programmes for Irish oyster hatcheries.

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BIM Seed Mussel Survey Report for the South Glassgorman Banks Area

30 Aug 2017

Seed Mussel Survey Report for the South Glassgorman Banks Area on 15 to 25 August 2017. This survey was carried out following industry reports of seed in this area.

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BIM Seaweed Development Programme 2016 Report

29 Aug 2017

A description of the 2016 BIM Seaweed Development Programme to include details of the work carried out on both red and brown seaweeds. This work is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014-2020 (EMFF).

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BIM Cleaner Fish Programme 2016 Report

29 Aug 2017

A description of the 2016 BIM Cleaner Fish Programme to include details of the work carried out to develop techniques to produce a minimum of 200,000 junenile lumpfish (>8g – a size suitable for sea deployment).

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for South Shear - Rosslare Europost Harbour

14 Aug 2017

Report on the survey from South Shear in the front of Rosslare Europort Harbour, from the Calmines and South Holdens channel buoys in the south to the northwest tip of the Holdens bed carried out between 22nd and 28th of June 2017.

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Seaweed Processing Study

27 Jun 2017

The aim of the work reported on was to establish the effects of 18 processing methods (taken from Japanese methods) on Protein, Fat, Carbohydrate, Ash, Energy and TVC in relation to seaweed Alaria harvested in Bantry in April 2017.

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Executive Summary (pdf 347Kb)

Tabular Data (pdf 148Kb)

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Seed Mussel Survey report for Castlemain Harbour/Cromane

23 Jun 2017

Report on the survey of the area in the Channel between Rosbehy Point and Inch Point from the Bar to Jack’s Pub on 30 May and 02 June 2017.

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BIM Annual Aquaculture Survey 2017

21 Apr 2017

Statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2017 based on our annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers

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Cultivating Marsh Samphire - Salicornia europaea

25 Aug 2016

This manual gives an overview of Marsh Samphire Salicornia europaea such as classification, description, geographical range and habitat in addition to its historical use and details on current global commercial cultivation. The main content of the manual gives a step-by-step cultivation guide from seed to adult plant. A case study detailing the cultivation of Marsh Samphire with aquacultural wastewater is also included.

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for Rosslare 16

19 Aug 2016

Following industry reports and earlier observation the South Shear/ Rosslare area of seed settlement a seed mussel survey was conducted from 16/08/2016 to 18/08/2016. Seed mussel features were spotted and investigated.

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Preliminary See Mussel Survey of Cahore Point (shore) and the Rusk Channel

18 Aug 2016

Following industry reports of a settlement in the Rusk channel, over 900 hectares were surveyed from 4/08/2016 to 12/08/2016 and a bed was found NorthEast of the Buoy no. 4 at the centre of the channel at a similiar position to the 2014 beds.

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area

27 Jul 2016

Updated Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area from July 07 – 21 2016

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BIM Annual Aquaculture Survey 2015

17 May 2016

Statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2015 based on our annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers

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2015 Southeast Coast Spring Mussel Larvae Monitoring Report

29 Jan 2016

A report with the objective to establish the amount and timing of mussel larvae in the South Irish Sea area and its distribution from March 23rd to July 11th, 2015.

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Updated Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area

28 Aug 2015

Updated Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area in August 2015

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area

7 Aug 2015

Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area on 15 and 16 July 2015. The area surveyed was 1.2 Nautical miles north-northwest of the north tip of the Arklow Bank around the 20 meter contour line

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Seed Mussel Survey of the Rusk Channel

31 Jul 2015

Report on the Seed Mussel Survey for the Rusk Channel on 29 and 30 July 2015 from the first set of channel buoys (No.1 and No.2) to buoy No. 4

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey of Rosslare, Long Bank and Lucifer Bank

20 Jul 2015

Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey of Rosslare, Long Bank and Lucifer Bank, April and May 2015

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for Howth, Lambay Sound, Rush and Killiney Bay

20 Jul 2015

Seed Mussel Survey Report for Howth, Lambay Sound, Rush and Killiney Bay 22 June to 08 July 2015

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey of Cahore Point (shore) and the Rusk Channel

20 Jul 2015

Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey of Cahore Point (shore) and the Rusk Channel 12 May to 21 May 2015

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area

20 Jul 2015

Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area 08 to 22 April 2015 from Five Miles Point (North) to Ballynacarrig/ Jack¿s Hole (South) within 5 nautical miles of the shore

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Report on BIM's Technical Visit to Japan's Seaweed Industry

7 Jul 2015

David Millard, BIM reports on his 2015 visit to Japan’s seaweed industry with a specific focus on kelp production and large scale processing techniques

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Aquaculture Survey 2014

21 May 2015

Statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2014 based on our annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers

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The European Market for Sea Vegetables

14 Apr 2015

An analysis of the European market for edible sea vegetables with a view to export openings for Irish producers. The report was prepared by Organic Monitor on behalf of BIM.

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Seed Mussel Survey for Howth and the Lambay Sound 2014

8 Sep 2014

Report of the Seed Mussel Survey for Howth and the Lambay Sound 01-04 September 2014

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for Castlemaine Harbour/ Cromane 2014

1 Aug 2014

Report on the seed mussel survey for Castlemaine Harbour/Cromane (the channel between Rosbehy Point and Inch Point from the Bar to Jack’s Pub) between 21 July and 24 July 2014

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the South Irish Sea 2014

15 Jul 2014

Report on the Seed Mussel Survey for the South Irish Sea between 01 and 03 July 2014

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Codling Bank Area 2014

15 Jul 2014

Report on the seed mussel survey for the area north and east of the shallows on the Codling Bank between 27 and 30 June 2014

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area 2014

2 Jul 2014

Updated report on the seed mussel survey for the Wicklow area from Five Miles Point (North) to Ballynacarrig/ Jack’s Hole (South)on the coast within five nautical miles of the shore 20-21 August 2014

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Cahore Point and the Rusk Channel 2014

24 Jun 2014

Area surveyed: From the Rusk Buoys N. 1 and 2 to the North Blackwater cardinal buoy; between the Rusk Bank and the shore and around Cahore point. The area was surveyed between 15 and 26 May 2014

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Preliminary Seed Mussel Survey Report for Rosslare, the north Long Bank West and East and Blackwater 2014

24 Jun 2014

Report on the seed mussel survey in the channel between the Calmines buoy and the West Holdens buoy and west of the Holdens bed; between the Lucifer Bank and the Long Bank (North) and north of the West Long buoy between the coast and the Blackwater bank between 23 April and 02 May 2014

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Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Northwest Long Bank Area 2014

24 Jun 2014

Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Northwest Long Bank Area on 20 May 2014

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Aquaculture Survey 2013

29 Apr 2014

Statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2013 based on our annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers

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BIM Seed Mussel Growth Report for the South Irish Sea 2013

28 Aug 2013

Our report on the growth of the previously found seed settlements at Cahore Point, Blackwater head and between the Lucifer bank and the Long Bankin August 2013

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BIM Seed Mussel Growth Report for the Lambay Sound, Rush and Howth Area 2013

28 Aug 2013

Our report on the seed mussel surveyed Northeast of Malahide up to the Cable Rock, around Rush Point for the Lambay sound. Between Howth and Ireland¿s Eye, the Nose of Howth and between the Baily Lighthouse and Drumleck Point in August 2013

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BIM Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Wicklow Area 2013 - Including July Update

7 Aug 2013

Our report on the seed mussel surveyed from Five Miles Point (North) to Ballynacarrig/ Jack’s Hole (South) on the coast and the North end of the Arklow Bank (South) to the edge the India Bank Channel (North) on the seaward side in April-May 2013 including a July 2013 update from Six Miles Point to North Brittas Bay to the North Arklow Buoy to the India North Buoy.

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BIM Seed Mussel Survey Report for Cahore Point and the Rusk Channel Area 2013

24 Jul 2013

Our report on the seed mussel survey from the shore (Kilmuckridge) to the Money Weights Bank including the Rusk Channel and Cahore Point itself in May-June and July 2013

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BIM Seed Mussel Survey Report for the Blackwater Area in 2013

24 Jul 2013

Our report on the seed mussel surveyed from Blackwater Head to the Blackwater Bank going north toward Ballyvaldon in July 2013

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Aquaculture Survey 2012

19 Jul 2013

Statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2012 based on our annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers

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Our report on the Seed Mussel Survey for the area between the Long Bank and the Lucifer Bank in 2013

16 Jul 2013

Report on the 2013 Seed Mussel Survey for the area between the Long Bank and the Lucifer Bank in June 2013. Please note: Under EU Habitats and Birds Directives, Appropriate Assessments (AA) are required of activities which are likely to have a significant impact on designated Natura 2000 sites. As this seed bed falls within a Natura 2000 site, the proposed fishing activity is undergoing appropriate assessment at present. The assessment report will be published for consultation later this week.

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BIM Aquaculture Survey 2011

30 Aug 2012

Statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2011 based on our annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers

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Report on the Seed Mussel Growth Monitored in the South Irish Sea Area

29 Aug 2012

Our report on the seed mussel growth monitored in the South Irish Sea Area in July 2012

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Report on the Seed Mussel Stock Survey for the Wicklow Head Area in 2012

29 Aug 2012

Our report on the seed mussel surveyed in the Wicklow Head Area in July and August 2012

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Report on the Seed Mussel Survey for the Cahore Point Area

27 Jul 2012

Our report on the seed mussel surveyed in the Cahore Point Area in June and July 2012

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Report on the Seed Mussel Survey for the Blackwater Bank Area

4 Jul 2012

Our report on the seed mussel surveyed in the Blackwater Bank area in May and June 2012.

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Report on the Seed Mussel Survey for the Rosslare Area

4 Jul 2012

Our report on the seed mussel surveyed in the Rosslare area in May and June 2012

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Cultivating Laminaria digitata (2.5Mb)

2 Aug 2011

Hatchery sporulation techniques for digitata are described. Collectors with string are sprayed and deployed at sea. Growth results from sea sites are presented and harvesting methods are introduced for the period 2008 – 2011.

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Palmaria palmata - Recommendations for optimal techniques for obtaining spores of Palmaria palmata, settling and maintaining them prior to outplanting at sea (1.3Mb)

15 Jul 2011

Trials at three hatcheries to optimise techniques for obtaining and successfully maintaining spores are described in detail.

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Palmaria palmata - Recommendations for optimal ongrowing and harvesting techniques (1.5Mb)

15 Jul 2011

Growth trials at two sea sites are described and multiple harvests are evaluated. A pre-requisite of this is an even and dense cover by sporelings.

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Cultivating Palmaria palmata (3.4Mb)

15 Jul 2011

Palmaria spores are settled onto suitable substrate (nets or string) and cultivated in seawater supplemented with nutrients. High mortality can be a factor during the early stages. Growth of Palmaria on nets and droppers at sea is described for the period 2008-2011.

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A Market Analysis towards the Further Development of Seaweed Aquaculture in Ireland (4.5Mb)

15 Jul 2011

An analysis of the opportunities for the Irish seaweed and biotechnology sector which is worth €18M per annum. Topics discussed include: harvesting and processing seaweed to market, market development, strategy and research & development.

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Business Plan for the Establishment of a Seaweed Hatchery and Grow-Out Farm (2.8Mb)

15 Jul 2011

Indicative costs for the set up and running of a hatchery and 100 tonne Laminaria digitata grow-out farm. Labour is the most significant cost item in the analysis however synergies can be achieved by combining seaweed farming with mussel farms.

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Abalone Hatchery Manual (4.4Mb)

19 Apr 2011

The Irish abalone industry has been slow to develop but in more recent years with the successful establishment of a number of commercial hatcheries around the south and west coasts, in addition to developments in land based recirculation technologies, there has been increased interest and investment in this sector.

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An Illustrated Hatchery Guide for the Production of Clawed Lobsters (1.1Mb)

16 Sep 2009

An Illustrated Hatchery Guide to Producing European Clawed lobster (Homarus Gammarus)

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Status of Irish Aquaculture 2007 (6.6Mb)

10 Jul 2008

A compilation report of information on Irish Aquaculture. Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Údarás na Gaeltachta.

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Farming of Eurasian Perch (Volume 1) Juvenile Production (4.5Mb)

19 Jun 2008

This publication is a timely review of the techniques used in the production of the Eurasian Perch (Perca fluviatilis). The manual is a joint publication by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and the European CRAFT project on perch (PERCATECH). It seeks to outline the current status, state of the art and practices of juvenile perch production in Europe.

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Aquaculture Newsletter Issue no. 61 (332kb)

12 Nov 2007

1. World Seafood Congress 2. World First in Aquaculture Eco-Standards 3. Offshore Aquaculture in Europe-The Next Steps?

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Status of Irish Aquaculture 2006 (7.7Mb)

19 Jul 2007

An information report on Irish Aquaculture by the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Taighde Mara Teo.

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Aquaculture Newsletter Issue no. 60 (1Mb)

12 Jul 2007

1. Desktop virtual aquaculture (i.e. simulation) 2. BIMs Shellfish Carrying Capacity and Water Quality Modelling Project launches new name – U.I.S.C.E.

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Aquaculture Newsletter Issue no. 59 (557kb)

12 Apr 2007

1. Report on the 6th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety. 2. Harvesting of the first cod farmed to market size in Ireland.

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Review of the Irish Rope Mussel Industry (1.4Mb)

16 Dec 2006

BIM and Enterprise Ireland have set out blueprint for the Irish Rope Mussel Industry.

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Aquaculture Newsletter Issue no. 58 (501kb)

12 Dec 2006

1. Oyster fishermen involved in the extensive bottom culture of gigas oysters undertake a fact-finding trip, to Brittany. 2. Importance of the quality of Irish oysters with French buyers

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The Rising Tide - A Review of the Bottom Grown (BG) Mussel Sector on the Island of Ireland (2.4Mb)

20 Jul 2006

A review of the Bottom Grown mussel sector with recommendations for the further development of the industry.

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Status of Irish Aquaculture 2005 (1Mb)

16 Jun 2006

An information report on Irish Aquaculture by the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Taighde Mara Teo.

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Status of Irish Aquaculture 2004 (5.3Mb)

16 Jun 2005

Second annual report on the status of Irish aquaculture. Produced in collaboration with BIM, the Marine Institute and Taighde Mara.

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Farming the Deep Blue

6 Oct 2004

A report jointly commissionedby BIM and the Marine Institute to assess the potential for the further development of offshore farming of finfish in Ireland and internationally. Publication coincided with an international conference on October 06-07 2004 entitled `Farming the Deep Blue’, organised by BIM.

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Seahorses to Sea Urchins - The next big splash in Irish aquaculture (1.6Mb)

15 Apr 2002

In this report we assess the commercial viability of farming five species: cod, abalone, urchins, perch and seahorses.