Daithi O’Murchu
Marine Research Station



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DOMMRC Overview

The Daithi O’Murchu Marine Research Station (DOMMRS) is located on the Sheeps Head Penninsula, 90km from Cork City.

It has been in operation since 1991 as part of the Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre (AFDC), University College Cork. However in late 2005 it was established as an independent commercial research station with an experimental hatchery and ongrowing facilities.

The Station

Consists of both land and sea based facilities for experimental trials on fish and shellfish. The land based facility also contains a shellfish hatchery. Research work at the station has grown steadily and has included consultancy, commercial trials and co-ordination and participation in an EC Projects.

The Station has close link with other commercial companies namely; Fastnet Mussels ltd., (mussel ongrowing and processing) and Murphys Irish Seafood (salmon farming and processing) and also its sister company which has charity status Indigo Rock Marine Research Station.

The Facility


Currently the facility contains a fully equipped laboratory, both pump ashore and recirculation units ...

Board Members

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The DOMMRS has two directors John Murphy and David O'Neill.

Research Interests

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The Irish marine sector currently has a turnover of €3 billion and supports over 44,000 jobs.

Staff Profiles

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The station’s staff, both fulltime and visiting from other institutions, comprises of researchers from a wide variety of scientific disciplines with expertise across the marine sector.