Following the answer in March 2017 that further investigations should be undertaken regarding cockles in the Burry inlet, will the Cabinet Secretary provide an update on this?
Projects highlighted in WAQ77391 will report findings via academic journals and publications. Both European projects have websites which report outcomes as they occur including periodic newsletters, the most recent newsletter was released by the COCKLES project in June 2018.
Atlantic Area project remains at an early stage and currently focused on sampling, analysis and evidence gathering. Initial progress was reported in October at their first Annual Assembly in Cork, Ireland. NRW attended alongside all partners and associate partners.
Outputs will be published via academic journals and will be periodically announced in the “news” section of the project website. The project team intend to visit Wales for a steering group meeting once the latest outputs are available there will be opportunities to present and discuss with stakeholders. Individual researchers and partners may also visit the Welsh fisheries to undertake work which cannot be undertaken remotely from home institutions.
The “Bluefish” project is focused on a wider range of finfish and shellfish fisheries in and around the Celtic and Irish Sea. One area specifically focuses on cockle health and forms part of the Ecosystem Health and Well-being work area and will examine complex interactions between species, climate change and potential impacts of ocean acidification.
A PhD student is appointed to explore “Understanding cockle health and ecological impacts in the Irish Sea”.
The studentship is based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork, Ireland and the Environmental Research Institute. Both will work closely with the Bluefish Partners. (Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Bangor, Swansea and Aberystwyth Universities)
This work will contribute to knowledge of Welsh cockle Fisheries including the Burry Inlet.