Activity 2.1 – Trophic Interactions
Led by – Ronan Browne (BIM)
Activity Questions:
  • 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.
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Activity 2.2 – Mapping Predators
Led by – Sophie de Grissace (SU)
Activity Questions:
  • 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)
Activity Questions:
  • 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)
Activity Objectives:
  • 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.

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