Details of fish farm chemicals sought

Don StanifordA global anti-fish farming activist on a tour of the west coast has called for details of chemical anti-parasite treatments used in Irish waters to be made available.

Activist Don Staniford, a known ‘public enemy’ of salmon farming drew a 100-strong crowd to Bantry Bay on Friday. A guest speaker on behalf of campaign group Save Bantry Bay, Mr Staniford outlined the damaging effects that common fish- farming practices on wild stocks claiming the industry was “fundamentally flawed”.

Marine Harvest seeks to develop a 100-acre site fish farm at Shot Head and has lodged an application for a foreshore and aquaculture licence with the Department of the Marine.

SBB is fighting the project, citing concerns about the farm’s impacts on wild fish stocks, water quality, fisherman’s livelihood, angling, tourism, and water quality.

Mr Staniford said Marine Harvest is fighting farmed fish parasites, but information on chemical treatments used in Ireland is “particularly difficult to access”.

Irish Times

Louise Roseingrave

Monday, November 26, 2012

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