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Data set name

Sustainable Mariculture in Northern Irish Lough Ecosystems (SMILE)

Data holding centreDepartment of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period2004
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Northern Irish sea-loughs

Observations 
Parameters

Electrical conductivity of the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Fish and shellfish catch statistics; Fishery characterisation; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Primary production in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Temperature of the water column

Instruments

CTD; discrete water samplers; sediment grabs; rock dredges

Description 
Summary

The key objectives of SMILE are: 1. To establish functional models at the lough scale, describing key environmental variables and processes, aquaculture activities and their interactions; 2. To evaluate exploitation carrying capacities (i.e. the standing stock at which the annual production of the marketable cohort is maximized) for aquaculture in the different loughs, considering interactions between cultivated species, for normal and alternative cultivation practises (i.e. marketable size of cultured organisms, cultivation period etc.); 3. To examine the effects of overexploitation on key ecological variables; 4. To examine bay-scale environmental effects of different culture strategies.

OriginatorsDepartment of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland
Data web sitehttp://www.ecowin.org/smile/
Availability 
OrganisationDepartment of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactScience Service General Enquiries (Science Service General Enquiries)
Address

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland
Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science Centre, Newforge Lane
Belfast
Co Antrim
BT4 3SB
United Kingdom

Telephone02890 255472
Emailscience.service@dardni.gov.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1100001
Global identifier897
Last revised2009-12-01