Project Ref: PopTurb1
Funding body: Department of Education, Technological Sector Research Program, Strand I,
Description: Turbot (Psetta maxima) are a commercially important species in Irish waters with reported landings worth almost €2 million to the Irish fishing Industry.
The species has been identified as the highest value farmed marine species in Europe and is a candidate for stock enhancement programmes.
Very little is known of the early life history of this species in Ireland, or elsewhere. Basic data on spawning times, locations and juvenile nursery grounds is lacking.
Such data are essential for the sustainable management of this natural resource. This project proposes to determine the timing of critical events in turbot early life history.
Turbot are known to spawn in open water with larvae drifting in ocean currents to eventually settle on sandy beaches.
Routine beach seining on sandy beaches will establish peak settlement times and densities.
Otoliths (stones in the inner ear of fish, used in hearing and balance) will be extracted from juvenile fish and used to determine age, hatching dates, larval duration and growth rates, settlement dates and post-settlement growth.
Daily increment formation will be validated in cultured turbot of known age using advanced otolith preparation techniques.
The successful applicant will be working within a well-established research group at GMIT, the Commercial Fisheries Research Group, and also working closely with two other related projects on flatfish nursery grounds.
Requirements / Background :
The successful candidate will hold an honours degree (minimum 2:2) in Fisheries Science, Zoology, Marine Biology, Ecology, or related discipline.
A current driving licence and own car are essential as there is a significant element of fieldwork in both years of the project.
A knowledge of the biology of marine fish and the Irish fishing industry and computer skills are desirable.
Project Start-Date: December
Project Duration: 2 years
Conditions: The student will be paid a stipend of €12,300 per annum with additional expenses provided to cover field work travel costs
Closing Date for Applications: Please send a CV and completed GMIT application form by post to the Development Office, GMIT, Dublin road Galway to arrive no later than November 10th