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Pioneering Cod Farming Project Launched

IRELAND - In a milestone for the development of aquaculture in Ireland, 20,000 juvenile fish have been moved from land-based facilities to sea cages by marine scientists at the National University of Ireland at Galway.

They are pioneering a project to farm cod along the Irish coast, according to Irish Times.

The Eircod Project, led by the university’s Martin Ryan Institute, has bred the fish from a specific Irish strain and aims to rear them to market size.

The long-term aim is to supply continued demand for a cold-water species, which are the equivalent of turkey to many European neighbours at Christmas time.

Cod have been under severe pressure in the wild in European waters, with fishing quotas cut back annually at EU level and anecdotal evidence that climate change has been pushing stocks further north.

the Fish Site Editor

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