Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Letter to ALAB : Recent High Court Ruling

Salmon Watch Ireland
6 Sutton Castle, Shielmartin Road, D13NN20, Dublin 13
Phone: +353 1 832 4852

8 March 2016

The Secretary
Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board Kilminchy Court
Co Laois

Dear Secretary

I refer to my letter and submission of 15 October 2015 about Salmon Watch Ireland’s appeal in respect of the granting of aquaculture and foreshore licences reference T5/555.

We now wish to draw your attention to the following development which impinges on the basis on which the Aquaculture Licences Appeal Board will be making its determination in this case:
The Supreme Court has recently restated, in three significant judgments, the legal position in Ireland regarding development consents in which important environmental and conservation considerations arise.  This applies in respect   of projects which can have an adverse impact on European Sites that are designated pursuant to the Habitats Directive or the Birds Directive to be Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) or Special Protected Areas (SPAs). The judgments were delivered by Mr Justice McMenamin, Mr Justice Charleton,  and Mr Justice Clarke, in the case of Cromane Foods Limited & Anor -v- Minister  for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food & Ors [2016] IESC 6. Relevant extracts from the judgment are set out below.

While the Cromane case primarily concerned the application of legitimate expectation and public policy in Ireland, it contains important and authoritative restatements of Irish law regarding the application of Article 6.3  of  the Habitats Directive. This involves the central requirement to ensure certainty that  there  remains  ‘’no reasonable scientific doubt regarding the absence’’  of    adverse
effects on designated European Sites, before consents can be given in  situations where there may be risks of adverse impacts.

Salmon Farming and Chemicals

Salmon eile

Government, IFA and multinational fish-farmers deny reality that typical farmed smoked salmon contained 10 chemical residues

Asked if the limitations on chemical residues in farmed salmon set by our government and its agencies are adequate to protect health, Dr David Carpenter, Director, Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany in the US, wrote in a personal communication to the Boycott Farmed Salmon Campaign that, “In my judgment many of them are not”.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Salmon Hatchery Conference: Report by Ross Finlay and John Murphy


Salmon Watch Ireland hosted its annual conference on the 21st of November in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

The 2015 conference, entitled “Hatcheries and Stocking- have they a role in restoring salmon stocks”, investigated the potential role of stocking in restoring Ireland's dwindling stocks of Atlantic salmon. The official opening was conducted by Mr. Alex White, Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural resources. Following introductory remarks from SWIRL chairman Niall Greene, five talks were given by experts in salmon ecology, conservation, and stocking.  Each talk was followed by a discussion period in which attendees brought their own varied perspectives to the table, sparking some healthy debate.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Galway Bay Salmon Farm Application Withdrawn by BIM

The application by BIM for a 15,000 tonne salmon farm in Galway Bay has been withdrawn. The reasons given were that the farm did not meet the criteria as set out in the governments plans for the sustainable development of aquaculture. It is uncertain as to whether a new application may be considered for a smaller farm which might comply with criteria outlined in aquaculture plan.
Salmon Watch Ireland welcomes the withdrawal of this application but will strongly oppose any plans to site a smaller facility in Galway Bay.

While welcoming this development we will continue to lobby for changes in siting and management of existing facilities with the ultimate result our preferred option as outlined below.

Our policy on salmon aquaculture will only endorse closed containment systems.

We  congratulate all the other organisations which have lobbied on this facility and hope all collective efforts in future will help to preserve our natural heritage.

Outlined below is our submission to the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine on the draft National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Excellent video on sea lice infestation

Very informative video which explains issues in a simple way. We need more of this research in Ireland. Some research has been carried out by Inland Fisheries Ireland in the West of Ireland and we look forward to seeing the results.
Maybe it is time to ask our 3rd level colleges to fund and champion this type of research before it is too late for our sea trout and salmon

Monday, 30 November 2015

Salmon Hatchery Conference Proceedings

Salmon Watch Ireland will be producing in the near future a comprehensive report outlining our interpretation of the presentations at the conference. In the meantime we are delighted to offer the following links in order that the public and attendees might examine the proceedings and comment if desired. Unfortunately we are awaiting copies of some of the presentations which will be published as they become available. 

We have also included a link to another conference with video presentations from the IBIS Conference on salmon hatcheries including a presentation by the Usk and Wye Foundation (Stephen Marsh-Smith) and David Solomon.