Iarfhlaith Connellan is a marine biologist and shellfish producer in inner Galway Bay, Ireland.

After finishing up with the shellfish research laboratory in Carna, Connemara, Iarfhlaith and a few colleagues moved to a site in Aughinish Bay, Galway. Iarfhlaith says the sole purpose for moving to Aughinish Bay was to restore the native oyster beds that had been severely depleted in the area.

With years of experience, Iarfhlaith recounts the successes of some major oyster restoration projects he has been involved in. On speaking about Marine Protected Areas and restoring life in our ocean Iarfhlaith says, “It’s not rocket science, it is merely allowing the animals their own natural ability to recover, through reproduction.”

Iarfhlaith sums up what needs to be done to restore life in our seas by simply stating: “give them the opportunity and they will do the work for us but we must be the ones to set up the framework which can allow that to happen.”


Our thanks to Iarfhlaith for taking part.

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Real Voices is a video series produced for Fair Seas by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

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