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NEPTUNUS – Northern European Aquaculture event

The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) recently presented at an interregional workshop on aquaculture and circular economy implementation in Ireland, Finland and Poland the workshop was organised by the Interreg Europe funded project EXTRA-SMEs.

Researchers, stakeholders and experts from Lapland University of Applied Sciences (LAPIN AMK), Resources Institute Finland, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the Western Development Commission and the West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin gave overviews of their aquaculture sectors, research needs and capacities. Ronan Cooney presented on Irish aquaculture and the strides that the NEPTUNUS project is making in closing the significant knowledge gap that exits in terms of life cycle assessment and circular economy strategies for Irish seafood. Opportunities and limitations for the implementation of circular economy strategies were outlined and discussed during a lively questions and answers session.

Over 20 participates attended the event, achieving high levels of knowledge transfer on common and unique Irish, Finnish and Polish dilemmas and opportunities.

To learn more about the EXTRA-SMEs project visit: or contact Ian Brannigan at

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