About us

The Sea Trust is a non-profit community interest company, working to better understand and help protect local marine wildlife, and to raise awareness in the local community. We aim to inspire people to care about their local marine wildlife by opening their eyes to the stunning diversity of wildlife around the Welsh coast and engaging them in its protection.

We carry out daily porpoise photo-identification and ‘click-count’ porpoise activity surveys from Strumble Head and the northern Breakwater in Fishguard Bay, courtesy of Stena Line. A high percentage of the porpoise population in this area has some kind of marking, meaning we can carry out land-based photographic surveys on harbour porpoise – a first of its kind study in the UK.

We also run educational events for schools and the public, such as sea shore safaris and marine plastics workshops.

Our Sea Môr Aquarium in the Ocean Lab, Goodwick, houses local species in tanks that emulate a variety of marine ecosystems, including a Harbour tank, Rock Pool tank and deep sea Monsters tank, giving visitors a chance to glimpse life beneath the waves in the Irish sea. This is a catch and release aquarium: all animals in the aquarium are temporary residents and are returned safely to the sea. We work in partnership with local fishermen and divers to bring you a real taste of Welsh marine wildlife and ecosystems.

To find out more about who we are and what we do, see our Team, Research and Project pages below.

The Team

Staff Cliff Benson Founder and Managing Director Cliff is a naturalist and conservationist, involved in aquatic conservation since he was a founder member of WAYD (the Wildlife Association of the Yorkshire Derwent). The group was concerned with protecting the River Derwent in his native Yorkshire from canalization in the 1970’s. It was during this period… Continue reading The Team

Research

The Sea Trust carries out predominantly citizen science research projects (research carried out with the help of volunteers), as well as scientific surveys such as our ferry surveys on the Stena Europe ferry from Fishguard to Ireland. You can read more about our ferry and small boat surveys, plus our land based surveys on the pages… Continue reading Research

Projects

The Sea Trust is currently running two main projects: the porpoise photo-ID project, where images of individual porpoise are used to study their population and ecology, and the Coleg y Môr project, which is working to turn the Ocean Lab into a marine academy which specialises in providing marine education to children and adults. You… Continue reading Projects