Daithi O’Murchu
Marine Research Station



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DOMMRS 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.

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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 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, Indigo Rock Marine Research Station, which has charity status.

News and Events

Women and the Sea Symposium 25th - 26th September 2015


Women and the Sea Symposium will take place in the National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin www.mariner.ie on 25th – 26th September 2015, sponsored by UCD Earth Institute, UCD Humanities Institute, the National Maritime Museum of Ireland and the Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium.

The aim of the symposium is to promote greater awareness and understanding of the important roles that women have played, and continue to play, in marine and maritime culture, science, and industry. The symposium brings together researchers from the humanities, sciences, marine industry, art and heritage sectors and welcomes participation from all interested individuals and groups.

This unique symposium in an Irish context will include speakers from the Irish Naval Service, the Islands Federation, the Irish Institute of Master Mariners, Marine Harvest Ltd, the
Daithi O'Murchu Marine Research Station
, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, from Irish and UK universities, as well as independent researchers presenting on a variety of maritime topics.

Other topics include a woman's account of a 19th century ships passage to Africa, Women in the Irish SW Mackerel Fishery 1880 - 1920, the gendering of ships, plus artists exhibiting their art, poetry and film works. Further details may be found on the symposium website http://womenandthesea.com/

Registration will commence at 3.30pm on Friday 25th September and there will be a free public lecture on Friday night 25th September at 7 pm by one of the first two Irishwomen to traverse the Canadian Arctic NW Passage, chaired by Lorna Siggins of the Irish Times.

Entry to the event costs €15 and registration is at http://womenandthesea.com/registration/. Teas and coffees will be available to registered participants during the event and lunch and snacks may be purchased in the Jules Verne Café situated within the Maritime Museum https://www.facebook.com/julesvernecafe. An optional symposium gala dinner will be held in the Royal Marine Hotel on Saturday night costing €30 for interested participants, payable on arrival at symposium registration.

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Joint Final Conference of the Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) AccliPhot and PHOTO.COMM

Date: April 26-29 2016
Venue: Hotel San Antonio, Malta

This 4-day conference will bring together the world-leading experimental and theoretical scientists in the field of photosynthesis and present a platform in which the research results of the consortium as a whole will be disseminated. The early-stage researchers are actively involved in conference organisation, further developing their organisational skills. Ample time for round-table discussions and networking activities will be allowed and a particular focus will be placed on the development of follow-up research projects. One evening is devoted to engaging the general public by holding a public evening lecture followed by a panel discussion.

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The AccliPhot team at their mid-term review meeting

The programme includes sessions on:

DOMMRS currently hosts Fiona Moejes who is an early stage researcher in Accliphot and is on the organising committee for the conference.
The early bird registration is now open with a deadline of February 5th 2016. For full details on confirmed speakers, registration and venue information please visit www.encapp2016.eu.

IPW 2015

The International Pectinid Workshop has been a biennial event on the calendar of marine researchers from all over the world since 1976. We have now come full circle in hosting the Workshop in Ireland; the very first Pectinid Workshop was hosted by Dan Minchin in Baltimore, West Cork in 1976, the 10th Workshop hosted by Gavin Burnell of University College Cork, in 1995 and now the third, hopefully not the last, returning to its green spawning ground. The 2015 Conference Organising Committee is composed of the Daithi O'Murchu Marine Research Station, the University of Bergen and the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen all of whom have extensive experience in scallop research. The IPW has been hosted in 12 different countries across the globe; its international relevance is attested by the 30+ countries that have been represented in the 19 previous workshops.

The IPW is attended by scientists, students and industry members interested in pectinids from across the globe. It remains a traditional conference with a single main hall and no parallel sessions. The main aim of the workshop is to bring together the experts in this field for networking and the dissemination of their research. It has always been an important gathering for early stage researchers to communicate their work and meet with established researchers from across the globe. Along with this the social relaxed atmosphere of the workshop gives attendees the opportunity to meet old friends and become acquainted with new ones. The overarching theme of the IPW2015 is "Scallops in the Changing World". Research is proceeding actively on many fronts as we attempt to understand the biology and manage the industry against a backdrop of climate change and ocean resource management.

We invite pectinid biologists of all levels of experience to join us for stimulating workshop to be held in a collaborative atmosphere in the vibrant and welcoming city of Galway on Europe's western margin.

The themes for the IPW are as follows;
Special Sessions:

Marine Protected Areas Pectinids – witnesses of their environment in a changing ocean


For information on registration, abstract submission, programme, accommodation and more, please visit the website www.ipw2015.com and like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/ipw2015

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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.