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Davie Tait
10th December 2012, 16:59

Monday, 10 December 2012 11:57

IRISH environmental campaigners have called for an anti-fish farm demonstration to take place at Simon Coveney's Constituency Office on December 15.

The call comes from No Salmon Farms At Sea (NSFAS), who claim that: “The battery farm proposed for Galway Bay will be the largest in Europe, if not the entire world, and will have the capacity to produce more than all the present farms around our coast combined.

“The highly inflated number of jobs, which BIM claim will be created, will be far outweighed by the number of jobs lost in areas where no other industry exists apart from that in tourism. Inland Fisheries Ireland have stated that angling is worth 143 million euros to our economy and another 89 million euros from visiting anglers. We have a world class sport fishery here in Ireland and our outwardly projected clean environment is one of our greatest assets. However it is fragile and will be destroyed if the salmon farming industry is developed further. Anglers and Conservationists will do everything in their power to prevent any further destruction to our environment and already declining wild salmon and sea trout stocks.

“It is against this backdrop that, on December 15, Save Bantry Bay, Save Galway Bay, NSFAS, FISSTA, and Friends of the Irish Environment, along with other local and national organisations, will hold a protest march in Carrigaline, County Cork. We will congregate at Carrigaline Secondary School at 12.00pm and will march from there to Minister Simon Coveney's constituency office, where invited speakers will address those in attendance.

“Minister Coveney has been a strong supporter of the aquaculture industry and we intend to let him know that his support is misguided and will result in catastrophe not only for our stocks of wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout, but also for the communities and local businesses that depend on their very existence. An extensive social media and networking campaign has been conducted and large numbers of anglers, conservationists and concerned residents from all over the country have indicated that they will be present to voice their opposition to this proposed blight on our coastline.”

Davie Tait
10th December 2012, 17:00

Concern over Galway plans

Monday, 10 December 2012 11:57

AN ENVIRONMENTAL lobby group has written to the European Commission and Irish Ministers claiming that the huge salmon farm which has been proposed for Galway Bay is contrary to an agreement for a moratorium in salmon farm development reached under Ireland’s National Development Plan 2007 – 2013 [NDP].

The group has documented the agreement for the moratorium which took place after objections from the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards were supported by the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) about the negative impact that sea lice emanating from salmon farms are having on migratory wild salmonids.

The documents are part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment [SEA] of the Irish Seafood National Program 2007 – 2013, which was published under the National Development Plan in July 2010.

SEA states that: “To address these concerns [the negative impact of sea lice], it has been decided that no financial assistance will be given to marine salmon aquaculture licence holders during the course of this National Programme until such time as the sea lice issue has been satisfactorily resolved.”

In spite of this, only just over a year later in December 2011 the Minister for Agriculture specifically provided an increase in the grant-in-aid for BIM, “in view of the added responsibility which it will have in relation to the deep sea aquaculture.” The Minister has also assigned BIM the task of obtaining the necessary licenses for the proposed Galway Bay farm that will double national production.

Inland Fisheries Ireland, [IFI] a statutory consultee under the Irish legislation, recently issued two statements opposing the proposed Galway Bay salmon farm at this time.

IFI quoted an international study in which they took part recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B [Biological Sciences] which shows that wild salmon mortalities from sea lice from salmon farms account for 39% of the returning fish.

The group has asked the European Commission and the Irish Minister to ensure that the moratorium agreed through the SEA process remains in place until the “necessary conditions are met to address the agreed concerns”.

The consultation period ends this Wednesday.