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Galway TD Wants Withdrawal Of Aran Islands Fish Farm Application

21st December 2013
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Galway TD Wants Withdrawal Of Aran Islands Fish Farm Application

#FishFarm - Fianna Fáil TD Eamon O'Cuiv has called on Bord Iascaigh Mhara to withdraw the application for its proposed 500-hectare organic salmon farm in Galway Bay.

As Galway Bay FM reports, the Galway West deputy argues that the licence should not be sought until after discussion with the Marine Institute and Inland Fisheries Ireland over the potential impact of sea lice on wild salmon stocks in the region.

Last month Afloat.ie reported that plans for what would be the largest aquaculture scheme of its kind in Europe - located off the Aran Islands - were halted by the European Commission admix concerns over scientific studies on the impact of disease via intensive salmon farming.

The EU's Environment Minister gave Ireland's Marine Minister till 15 January 2014 to provide explanations in a number of key areas after he reopened the pilot investigation into the fish farm proposals.

Published in Galway Harbour
MacDara Conroy

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