Thursday 22nd October 2015: The last day of the conference, with Sessions on “Monitoring and Surveillance” ; “Threat Assessment” (which I chaired) and “Looking Ahead“. One of the papers in the “Threats” session was on Sea-lice from Salmon farming in which the responses of the Norwegian, Irish and Scottish governments to the issue were listed and compared. While Norwegian government has clearly resolved to take the issue seriously, neither the Irish nor Scottish governments have, so their responses compare very poorly in comparison. Up to Belfast by train in the evening – a change of plan necessitated by a train strike set for Friday morning .
Friday 23rd – travel back, after an early morning visit to St. George’s market in Belfast to see what was on the fish stalls. Many years since I’ve seen fresh Dulse on sale anywhere. I used get another Red Seaweed, Carrageen, when I was at Univ. College, Cork, in the early 1980s, which was boiled with milk to make a sort of pudding with a faint, but pleasant taste.