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The aim of The Irish Sea Portal Pilot is to test the feasibility of a larger project (The Irish Sea Portal (ISP)) which will provide a platform that can meet the requirement for knowledge flow in order to generate growth in fisheries and aquaculture.

This project will use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to assist the industry get access to relevant information and research on juvenile shellfish larvae and seabed settlement. It will explore the siting of potential seed collection sites and the feasibility of seed collector deployment within the study area.

This will broaden understanding of shellfish larvae movement within the Irish Sea and its surrounds followed by larval settlement patterns where they are termed ‘seed’. This resource shared across the Irish Sea that crosses regional and national boundaries and has a significant economic impact in part of an industry worth some €254m.