Details of GENIALG - WP6.1 Species Dataset-Droppers


Dataset identification

Title of datasetGENIALG - WP6.1 Species Dataset-Droppers
Narrative summary of datasetList of macroinvertebrate taxa associated with experimental dropper replicates. Droppers are 1m long polypropylene ropes attached to existing longlines in seaweed farm located in Ventry Harbour, Co. Kerry Ireland. Treatments: rope seeded with Sacharina latissima sporophytes and unseeded controls. Objectives within WP6 of GENIALG: assessing the biodiversity associated with cultivated seaweed. Dataset consists of macroinvertebrate taxa identified and enumerated by NUIG biologists supervised by project lead researcher Dr. Jose M. Farinas-Franco. The samples were collected in July 2018, three months after deployment. The aim was to characterise fauna associated with cultivated seaweed and ancillary structures. Samples collected as part of the GENIALG project (project ID: 727892, GENIALG - GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative Macro-ALGal biorefinery, GENIALG was funded by the European Union Horizon2020 programme. The remit of the work was assessing the environmental footprint and ecosystem services provided by seaweed aquaculture in Europe to provide best practice advice to industry.
Summary of processing methodologySee narrative summary of dataset section and metadata tab in dataset
Supporting documentationReference report: Fariñas-Franco, J.M., Jansen, H., Santa maria San Segundo, J., Coca Tagarro, I., Kennedy, T., Nash, S., Nielsen, D., Fort, A., Sulpice, R. (2021) Interaction and impact of cultivated macroalgae and growing structures on faunal community assemblages and surrounding ecosystems. Project GenialG - GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macro-ALGal biorefinery, EC Grant agreement no: 727892 (Jose M. Fariñas-Franco, Ed), Available from
Start date2018-03-08
End date2018-06-26

Responsible organisations

Organisation nameRyan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway
Role of organisationOriginator of Dataset
Organisation nameGalway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Role of organisationDataset Holding Organisation
Organisation nameGalway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Role of organisationPublisher

Dataset availability

Original dataset download link
Dataset formatDatabase
Public accessNo limitations
License for useCC-BY 4.0


Latitude north boundary52.116068866044
Longitude east boundary-10.345740677345
Latitude south boundary52.111202123059
Longitude west boundary-10.360532166865
Sea areaNortheast Atlantic Ocean (40W)

Data types, collection and processing

Observation typeMacroalgae and seagrass
Biota abundance, biomass and diversity
ParameterMacroalgae and seagrass taxonomy-related counts

Process information

Submitting organisationGalway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Submission identifier (UUID)c98b3e59-2d6e-40fe-bd2f-8d4d97ed7f6d
Date of dataset creation2021-07-15
Date of metadata creation2021-07-15
Date of metadata latest revision2022-01-26
Date of publishing2022-02-11
Processing data centreMarine Institute
Summary record-ID993