Press Release Galway Bay Against Salmon Farms: Opposition candidates to Galway Salmon Farms do exceptionally well – Government decision not expected until after reshuffle

Press Release Galway Bay Against Salmon Farms: Opposition candidates to Galway Salmon Farms do exceptionally well- Government decision not expected until after reshuffle

27 May 2014

Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages wishes to congratulate the many candidates, opposed to BIM’s proposalfor twin salmon farms for Galway Bay, in getting elected to Galway city and county councils.
We watch with interest the continuing counts to elect members to the E.U. parliament and wish representatives who have supported our stance, every success.

To-date a majority of all elected members both to the Galway councils and E.U. parliament have indicated their opposition to having open salmon cages in Galway Bay.

We look forward to continuing to work with them in opposing this environmentally damaging proposal.

Although Minister Simon Coveney was expected to make a decision in late June /early July, the now fluid political situation and expected government reshuffle could see a decision deferred for a further period.

A complicating factor is the continuing disquiet about the independence and reliability of scientific advice put forward from the Marine Institute.

There is mounting concerns that its position on lice from salmon farms flies in the face of other scientific reports from scientists from Ireland and other countries around the world where salmon cages are located and are having major detrimental impacts on wild salmon stocks.


Brian E. Curran
PRO Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages
Tel: 0872509722/ 091 593860

2 thoughts on “Press Release Galway Bay Against Salmon Farms: Opposition candidates to Galway Salmon Farms do exceptionally well – Government decision not expected until after reshuffle

  1. Controlled & responsible farming in cages is the only way forward for the Aquaculture industry inn Ireland. The amount of jobs created directly + the “Down-stream” employment would make a huge contribution to the districts in Ireland. The new controls/advances would make lice/escapes a ting of the past. Remember the salmon companies want a responsible & profitable company and not suffer losses due to accidents/infestation. Land based is also making progress.
    Look at Norway, Faroe islands & Scotland, why should Ireland miss out? The EU has decided to expand & support the aquaculture sector. So why should Ireland/BIM/Marine Institute not be part of it going forward. We have the structures in place, why not use them. The time lost thru licence application must be shortened in the immediate future if things are to get started.
    The benefits to the Irish people far outweigh the fears raised by the objectors, who I feel tar the whole industry with the One brush which is totally wrong.

  2. The vast cohort of science has shown lice remain a serious threat to wild salmon. The EU are currently considering the science, as they debate whether or not to open investigations into their impact on protected wild Atlantic Salmon in Ireland.

    In addition, there’s the problem of escapes. Earlier this year saw Ireland’s largest salmon farm escape in history. Currently there are no technical standards to which salmon farms must be built, and no system for monitoring the safety of structures to ensure they mechanically and structurally sound. To suggest this problems is resolved would be wrong.

    Furthermore, there’s the issue of the pesticides used. It doesn’t take a rocket scientists to seet ‘veterinary medicines’ designed to kill sea lice – a small crustacean that is a pest on salmon farms – kill other crustacean species including valuable lobster, crab, shrimp and prawn stocks. Fish fry are also at risk, as these chemicals are highly toxic in aquatic environments – just read their data sheets.

    Next is the biological waste – food and fish faeces full of nitrogen and phosphorus. Adding these nutrients to the environment makes it perfect to exacerbate algal blooms. Something which is becoming an increasing problem in Ireland’s coastal waters and has repeatedly caused closure of shellfisheries.

    Why would Ireland wish to jeopardise it’s deserved reputation as a producer of superior seafood products – oysters, mussels, lobsters, Dublin Bay prawns, crab and so on, by flooding the market with an inferior product like factory farmed salmon?

    The result may well be a net loss of jobs due to impacts on shellfisheries, inshore fishing, tourism, angling and marine leisure. Indeed, far from offering an economic solution to remote coastal areas, it could simply be another nail in the coffin.

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