Shay Fennelly is a marine scientist and runs AQUAPHOTO, a photo library specializing in marine
resources. A photographer & video journalist, he has documented the marine sector and coastal communities in Ireland and internationally.

Shay has worked with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group since 1992, serving as a Director and Board member.He has been an activist for marine conservation and the implementation of the Habitats and EIA Directive in Ireland. He has worked as a Marine Mammal Observer and Surveyor on fisheries and cetacean surveys and is interested in bioacoustics as a tool for studying cetaceans.

He has contributed photo features to the print media. His work has been published in the Marine Times, Irish Skipper, Inshore Ireland, Fishing News and Fish Farming International (UK), the Examiner, the Irish Independent Magazine, the Irish Times, Financial Times, BBC Wildlife and Ireland of the Welcomes magazine.

In 2001 he was awarded a John Healy National Print Award for a feature article on the Corrib gas project in the Irish Times on how the Shetland Islanders benefited from the development of Sullom Voe Oil Terminal/North Sea Oil. Shay has documented coastal communities in Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Spain, Tanzania, Uruguay and Hong Kong. Assignments undertaken.

Specialties: Editorial, stills, video reports and photo features, aquaculture, fishing industry, oil and gas exploration, marine mammals, marine bioacoustics and coastal communities.


Marine Scientist, Photographer, Videojournalist, Marine Mammal Observer Passive Acoustics Technician


Marine scientist (marine mammals), passive acoustics, uav's and BOSIET certified Marine Mammal Observer, Ecotourism Nature Guide. Photographer, video journalist and NUJ Journalist writes illustrated features on environment, marine, tourism & travel.

Work History

Marine Mammal Observer


From June 2014

MMO delivering marine mammal mitigation for confined underwater blasting at new build Doolin pier, County Clare.

Marine scientist, Photojournalist, Videographer, Marine Mammal Observer


January 1986 - January 1986

Marine scientist, Photographer and videographer Shay Fennelly runs AQUAPHOTO a photo library specializing in documenting the marine sector in Ireland and internationally. He has supplied stock images, exhibition prints and photo features on the environment, coastal zone management, offshore islands, fish farming, the fishing industry, energy, oil and gas exploration, SAR, sailing, shipping, ocean technology, tourism, and wildlife to newspapers, magazines, book publishers, private companies and government agencies.

Shay Fennelly can produce an editorial or short video report/ photo feature profile of your company for publication and can be contacted to discuss your project or undertake research for press or film media at mobile:0035387 6428902 or at email:

Marine Mammal Observer
Shay Fennelly is also qualified as an ecologist and Marine Mammal Observer and holds BOSIET (Basic offshore safety induction & emergency training course), Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Training cert:000178, National Powerboat/RIB Level 2, Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG11) STWC 95 Regulation VI/1 and Code Table A-VI/1-1 and PST certification for working offshore.

• 2011 26 March-16 April 3 weeks MMO on Blue whiting acoustic survey, Hebrides to north west of Ireland in North East Atlantic for Marine Institute, Ireland.
• 2011 6 days MMO for IWDG for EIS for marine hydro power project in Ireland. For IWDG, Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland.(

Mussel farmer, Oyster fisherman

Island Seafarms Ltd.

January 1983 - January 1986

Raft and Longline Mussel farming
Oyster Fisherman Clew Bay Oyster Co-op dredging for oysters


WestWave Energy Test Site, County Mayo, Ireland 2012

The Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS), is a proposed testing site for wave energy devices, open to the rigourous North Atlantic weather, which is located off Annagh Head, west of Belmullet in County Mayo, Ireland.

Marine Mammal Mitigation Doolin Pier, County Clare, Ireland 2014

Marine Mammal Observer for AQUAFACT, environment survey specialists, delivering marine mammal mitigation at new pier build in Doolin, County Clare.

Qualifications & Certifications

Passive acoustic technology (Bio-waves Inc.)

University of San Diego, Super Computer Centre SDSC

Postgrad - Diploma in Digital Media Production, Web Video,

Dublin Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Certificate in Fish Farming

Institute of Technology, Letterkenny

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