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EU gives £6m to green Irish Sea projects

Researchers investigating the risks posed by climate change on the sustainability of fish and shellfish in the Irish Sea are being given more than £6m in EU funding to carry out two projects.

It is hoped the projects will help protect and develop the marine life and fisheries industry in Wales and Ireland.

Around £4.7m will support the Bluefish marine science partnership, led by Bangor University in partnership with Irish and Welsh organisations.

It will investigate how climate change is affecting the health of fish stocks, the migratory movement of commercial fish, and risks from new non-native species. It aims to develop solutions to help fisheries businesses adapt to environmental changes and capitalise on new commercial opportunities.

Dr Shelagh Malham, senior research fellow at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences, said the research "will ensure these vital industries receive the information and support they need to be more resilient to the changes the industry is facing".

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