Friends of the Irish Environment – Evidence behind complain to Ombudsman for maladministration by the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Friends of the Irish Environment have made a complaint regarding the handling of EU Pilot Case 765/09 investigating the impact of sea lice from salmon farms in Ireland, by the Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. You can read more about it here: https://bantryblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/friends-of-the-irish-environment-press-release-22sept-2013-ombudsman-asked-to-extend-sea-lice-enquiry/
The documents being considered by the Ombudsman are listed below:
18 December 2009.
Original EU Pilot Investigation terms. This sought the views of the Department of Agriculture as licensing authority, and the ‘express views’ of the Department of Environment’s Parks and Wildlife Service as Habitats Directive, and the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources’s Inland Fisheries Ireland as responsible for wild game fisheries.
7 September 2010.
EU warning to the Department of Foreign Affairs of infringement proceedings if IFI and NPWS views are not provided to the European Commission.
26 November 2010
IFI’s final Report as sent to DCENR
20 June 2011
DAFF letter to DCENR requesting the withdrawal of their Report.
November 15 2011
Letter from DAFF to EU stating that they were still awaiting theIFI submission.
December 18 2011
The final meeting in Brussels previous to the closure of the case at which all the parties were present. While the Government often refers to this meeting as proof of their complete cooperation, no mention was made of the IFI Report and the presetations were limited to the two scientists present. [The Marine Institute presentation by Jackson appeared to show only a 1% mortality from sea lice actually shows 33% mortalities when three fundamental errors are corrected, as has been recently highlighted in the Journal of Fish Diseases.]
June 11, 2012
Letter of closure from EU on sea lice investigation. The Commission says it would need ‘uncontested evidence’ to go to Court. As long as the Marine Institute can continue to produce any evidence, it appears they are safe from the law under this determination – no matter how full fundamentally flawed their science is?