Captain Alex M Blackwell MSc
Consultant to the Marine Sector
Alex Blackwell has a long standing involvement in and a deep commitment to the Irish Marine Sector. With a Master of Science degree in marine biology, Alex launched one of the first oyster hatcheries in Ireland. At the same time he shipped oysters throughout Europe and introduced them to the local restaurant trade. He is past chairman of the shellfish growers committee of the Irish Aquaculture Association, and was also a director of the Clew Bay Oyster Cooperative Society and worked as a commercial fisherman. As a result, Alex has a deep understanding of the development and regulatory processes in the marine sector.
In addition to the business aspects, Alex is a water sports enthusiast and adventurer, as well as strong proponent for the maritime heritage and aquatic ecosystems of our Irish waters. He holds a commercial Master’s license from the US Coast Guard with sailing and towing endorsements and serves as co-owner and master of a 57-foot sailing boat. He has sailed across the Atlantic three times since 2008 and spent years sailing both sides of the Atlantic as well as throughout the Caribbean and Atlantic Islands. Alex has also provided contract services to sailing clubs and county councils on swing mooring installation and maintenance.
Aboard their cruising sailboat Alex and his wife, Daria, are frequent visitors to harbours and islands along the western Irish coast. Alex is a BSAC and PADI US Divers licensed sub-aqua diver. He is also a passionate fly fisherman, sea and lake angler, enjoys fishing and sailing in smaller boats in local waters, and spends as much time as possible introducing others to the sea and inland waters.
Qualifications & Certifications
- Commercial Master Mariner’s License (#2748015) with sailing and towing endorsements issued by the US Coast Guard.
- Restricted Certificate of Competency in Radiotelephony – VHF with DSC
- Certified Diver - PADI and BSAC
- First Aid with CPR - Red Cross
- Master of Science, Christian Albrechts Universitaet, Kiel, Germany. Specialization in Fisheries Biology with emphasis in marine aquaculture.
For more on Alex Blackwell and his work visit Clew Bay Marine Services