Chair of the Board
Brendan is a community Pharmacist, from Strabane Co Tyrone, and a graduate of Queen’s Belfast. My interest in marine life came form holidays and weekends in Gweedore, and Galway, from seeing fishing boats land catches and coming across pods of bottlenose dolphins, or the odd stranding on a shore. My A-level project on marine ecosystems won an award, and my fascination with marine life has strengthened over the years with my diving licence coming from the great barrier reef, and having observed sharks, whales, and many other species off Vancouver, Hermanus, Mallorca, Cadiz, Iceland as well as Ireland. Brendan would like to see marine ecosystems protected more, with marine areas where no fishing is allowed; introduced to promote the breeding and survival of the most threatened species. Brendan also believes that his own pharmaceutical and nutritional industry should not be promoting supplements manufactured from the mechanical destruction of seabeds, or by catching huge volumes of krill. Brendan considers that the IWDG serves an excellent purpose by being “cautiously political” while at the same time being scientifically significant, and hope that it can remain the first port of call in any marine conservation issue or consultation. He currently lives in the beautiful Coole Park near Gort Co Galway, where he runs the family Pharmacy with his wife Anne, and his three kids.