|Activity 2.1 – Trophic Interactions|
|Led by – Ronan Browne (BIM)|
- What are the trophic interactions between species today within the case study area?
- How will these trophic interactions change the future How will these trophic interactions change in the future? positive/ neutral/ negative
- What are the likely threats to aquaculture within the study areas?
- Genetics of mussels, what is the local genetic structure for blue mussels and how does this relate to the wider study area?
- Experimental questions relating to physiochemical influences on bivalve development.
|Activity 2.2 – Mapping Predators|
|Led by – Sophie de Grissace (SU)|
- How marine predators interact with fisheries in the Irish Sea?
- May climate change and changes in fisheries affect the habitat and distribution of marine top predators?
|Activity 2.3 – Shellfish and Climate Change|
|Led by – Nathan King (BU)|
- Which species will be “winners and losers” of climate change?
- What is the sequestration capacity of different shellfish species in the Irish Sea;
- Are there pathways for blue carbon sequestration and shellfish cultivation in the Irish Sea?
- Are there novel strategies for mitigating summer mortality (e.g moving culture offshore)?
|Activity 2.4 – Ecosystem Goods and Services|
|Led by – Paul connolly (MI)|
- To transfer knowledge to stakeholders, including policy and industry on the goods and services provided by the Celtic Sea-Irish Sea ecosystem to the coastal communities of Ireland and Wales and to the wider society.
- To outline and demystify these goods and services through the use of simple schematics developed by a professional artist;
- To focus on the positive benefits that people derive from these goods and services;
- To outline the impact of various climate change scenarios on these goods and services;
- To use the schematics to inform the debate on improving security, well- being and health, and adaptation to climate change.