In January 2008, Queen's University Belfast was commissioned to establish the Modiolus Restoration Research Group to provide technical and scientific support for the Modiolus Restoration Plan. The Modiolus Restoration Plan is part of a strategy developed by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Department of the Environment (DOE) to protect the Modiolus reefs of Strangford Lough following concerns raised by various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and others. The ultimate goal of the Modiolus Restoration Plan is to restore the Strangford Lough Special Area of Conservation (SAC) back to Favorable Conservation Status (FCS).
Update July 2011: after completion of the 3-year survey and pilot restoration work in Strangford Lough, the Modiolus Restoration Research Group (MRRG) has delivered the Modiolus Restoration Research Project: Final Results and Recommendations document. This final report is available for public download in the documents section.
- 19/07/2011: Modiolus Restoration Research Project-Final Report and Recommendations available for public download After 3 years mapping and studying Strangford Lough´s remaining Modiolus modiolus be... [more]
- 21/11/2010: MRRG researchers present project updates at International Shellfish Restoration Conference in the USA Dr. Dai Roberts and Jose María Fariñas attendend the 13th International Shellfish Rest... [more]