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Heritage of the Native Oyster in Galway Bay

Heritage of the Native Oyster in Galway Bay

Colm O'Dowd
Cuan Beo CLG

Cuan Beo CLG is a not-for-profit community organisation operating in the South East Galway Bay catchment area with a mission of improving the quality of life, environment, economy and heritage in Galway Bay. Our key activities involve marine habitat restoration, promoting coastal activity, supporting sustainable aquaculture and fishing practices and educating coastal communities on the connection between land and sea - past, present and future.
Heritage has played an important role in determining our direction and communicating our message about the need to address deteriorating water quality in the bay. Ostrea edulis, the Native Oyster, is synonymous with Galway Bay and examining the trajectory of its history, heritage and impact in the region informs the actions of Cuan Beo. Our flagship community based project is the ‘Galway Bay Native Oyster Restoration Project’, a collaboration between community, state and scientific institutions.
The information gathered across these community-based activities continues to inform the Native Oyster Restoration Project. The project has grown to involve many local fishermen, residents, and the wider communities. Cuan Beo is a partner in the EU Horizon 2020 Forcoast project.

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AUDIT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC HERITAGE OF THE NATIVE OYSTER IN GALWAY BAY

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