Coomhola Salmon Trust founder receives honourary degree for commitment to environmental education


Mark Boyden, founder of the Coomhola Salmon Trust and StreamScapes Project Director, was conferred with an Honorary MSc by UCC at a ceremony on Thursday, 26 February.

The honorary degree was in recognition of 25 years development of the innovative StreamScapes Aquatic & Biodiversity Education Programme (, as well as for efforts in other fields including successful captive breeding research of Freshwater Pearl Mussels.

Boyden paid tribute to those who he has worked with over the past 25 years: “It was a recognition of the fruitful collaboration I have enjoyed with scores of people across the civil service, academia, and multiple sectors including environmental NGO’s through IEN and SWAN.”