CLOSURE OF EU INVESTIGATION INTO THE IMPACTS OF SALMON FARMING ON WILD SALMON DOES NOT CLOSE DEBATE
FRIENDS OF THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT
7 OCTOBER 2014
Tony Lowes, a Director of Friends of the Irish Environment and one of the authors of the original 2009 complaint to the Commission that led to the investigation, said today:
The Environmental Directorates closure of its investigation into sea lice and salmon farming is based on the fact that they require ‘uncontested scientific evidence’. This is an impossible requirement, given the nature of science. Nor does it accord with the European Court of Justice’s legal test of ‘the balance of probability.’
A review published last week by top international scientists from Norway, Scotland and Ireland of all 300 available published studies on the effects of sea lice concluded that sea lice have ‘negatively impacted wild sea trout stocks in salmon farming areas in Ireland, Scotland and Norway‘ and that ‘sea lice have a potential significant and detrimental effect on marine survival of Atlantic salmon with potentially 12-44% fewer salmon spawning in salmon farming areas’.
BIM’s statement today that there is ‘no evidence to support the suggestion that salmon in Irish rivers are being adversely affected by sea lice from salmon farms’ is unscientific and unsound.
Further, the closure letter from the Commission states that the wider infringement case against Ireland arising from the adverse judgement of the Court of Justice in 2007 remains open and ‘the debate is not closed.’
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