"Cod Broodstock & Breeding Programme"
Research Measure: Industry Research Measure
Funding Type: NDP Marine Research Sub-Programme
Funding Year: 2007
Project Duration: 7 Years
Project Type: Project-Based Awards
Total Grant-Aid: €4,099,992
Lead Partner: NUI,Galway
- Irish Seafood Producers Group
- Trosc Teoranta
- Dr. Ashie Norris
- ZEPS, University College Cork
This project is designed to provide the technical R&D component of an national initiative to develop cod farming in Ireland. In tandem with initiatives by Udaras na Gaeltachta, who have set up a pilot commercial cod farm (Trosc Teo) in partnership with the local salmon farming industry, and BIM, through their FIFG grant-aid mechanisms, it will allow the fledgling cod farming industry to grow from a production of 4.5 tonnes in 2007 in an eco-friendly and sustainable manner.
The project should provide the basis for a major diversification of or existing finfish culture industry while at the same time addressing a known market gap for high quality white fish. As the development of stocks of cod suitable for farming is very much in its infancy there is also the real opportunity for Ireland to become a world player in terms of stock selection and development. This in turn could lead to ireland developing as a supplier of eggs and larvae for on-growing abroad, much as France has done in terms of certain shellfish.
The EIRCOD project is carried out under the Sea Change strategy with the support of the Marine Institute and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007–2013, co-financed under the European Regional Development Fund.