GALWAY BAY AGAINST SALMON CAGES
Press Release: Storm damage to Salmon Farms- Who Pays?
12 January 2014
During the recent storms, the tsunami like waves in Galway Bay reached heights of between 12 and 15 meters (40 to 50ft approx) causing severe damage to businesses, homes and amenities and costing tens of millions of euro in County Galway alone.
Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages (G.B.A.S.C) believe that if the proposed giant salmon farm had been in place at the time of the storms, it would have been completely destroyed resulting in the loss of €70million euro and a massive environmental disaster with millions of farmed salmon either washed up dead on our shores or escaping into the wild and destroying the gene pool of our wild salmon.
G.B.A.S.C also believes that the proposed salmon farm may now be uninsurable due to storms. The question we would now like answered is, as the Government would own the licence for the proposed salmon farm would the Government also be the insurer of the proposed salmon farm? If that would turn out to be the case then it would be the tax payer who will have to foot the bill should the salmon farm be destroyed in future similar storms.
As storms of the nature of the recent ones are becoming more frequent G.B.A.S.C. are calling on Minister Simon Coveney not to grant the licence for the proposed giant salmon farm to himself (he was the one who instructed B.I.M to apply by proxy for the licence in the first place so technically he is applying to himself) and stop an environmental disaster from happening in Galway Bay in the future.
Chairman: Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages