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Modiolus Restoration Research Group

About Group


The Modiolus Restoration Research Group (MRRG) currently consists of researchers from Queens University Belfast (see list below with link to information for each individual). Based at Queen's University Marine Laboratory in Portaferry, the MRRG mission is to monitor and restore the horse mussel (Modiolus modiolus) reefs of Strangford Lough.

Dai Roberts -  Investigator   

Julia Stigwart -  Investigator 

Nessa O’Connor -  Investigator 

Mark Emmerson -  Investigator 

Nathan Geraldi -  Post Doctorate Research Fellow  

Camilla Bertolini - PhD Student


Modiolus Restoration Working Group (MRWG)

 In addition to the MRRG,  MRWG was established to oversee the implementation of the Revised Modiolus Restoration and meets four times a year. The group is chaired by Damian Campbell, Director of the Department of Environment (DoE) Marine Division.

Working Group Information

The group consists of representatives from the following organizations and stakeholder groups.

  • DOE Marine Division
  • DARD Fisheries Division
  • Seafish
  • Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)
  • Queen’s Marine Lab (QML)
  • Ulster Wildlife
  • Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
  • Northern Ireland Fish Producers' Organisation (NIFPO)
  • Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP)
  • Council for Nature Conservation and Countryside (CNCC)
  • DOE Strangford Lough Ranger
  • DARD Strangford Lough Fisheries Officer
  • QUB Post Doctorate Research Fellow