Celtic Sea Trout Project

Celtic Sea Trout Project

Aims & Objectives


The project aims to protect & enhance sustainable tourism, cross-border biodiversity & environmental quality by filling a major gap in the knowledge and management of sea trout fisheries, which are of particular importance to Ireland and Wales. The gap lies in our understanding of sea trout in the sea: where they go, their ecology, what pressures they are exposed to, how they react to climate change and how their stocks are interlinked. A unique network of cross-border expertise will collaborate to monitor, manage & protect sea trout in the coastal rivers of the region & the Irish Sea itself.

Through a fully integrated & collaborative network of management agencies & public end-user groups, HEI & governmental research institutes CSTP aims to;

  • Protect/enhance the health of stocks, socio-economic value of fisheries and the status of cross-border biodiversity by determining the current status of sea trout stocks and fisheries, and by describing genetic and life history variation in the region;
  • Develop an informed/coordinated management plan for the conservation, sustainable management & exploitation of this joint asset;
  • Assess and predict the impacts of climate change on sea trout stocks, fisheries & biodiversity by harnessing the joint talents & capacity of the region’s fisheries research & management expertise to develop & apply a spatially structured ecosystem model.
Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
Bangor University Wales LP 987,895 1,210,527
Central Fisheries Board 349,775 466,366
Environment Agency 34,265 45,687
University College Cork 269,447 359,262
Total 1,561,382 2,081,842
Location in Ireland and Wales where the project is carried out

Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:

Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow

Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire


Name Organisation Email Telephone
Dr Ian McCarthy - Bangor University i.mccarthy@bangor.ac.uk
David Letellier - University College Cork David.Letellier@environment-agency.wales.gov.uk
Dr Phil McGinnity - University College Cork p.mcginnity@ucc.ie
Dr Willie Roche - Central Fisheries Board willie.roche@cfb.ie