Thursday, 17 September 2015

Bantry Bay: Salmon Farm Decision

Salmon Watch Ireland are concerned at this development and will be studying the details especially in view of the recent international publication concerning sea lice.

Minister Coveney has decided to grant a licence to Marine Harvest for salmon farming at Shot Head in Bantry Bay.
The licence is for a tonnage as follows:

The application is for a biennial production of 3,500 tonnes of farmed salmon. The production cycle is 24 months, with harvesting over 6 months between months 17 and 22 inclusive. The final 2 months are a fallowing period, prior to re-stocking. The definition of biennial production for the purpose of this licence is as follows: Biennial production = [weight of salmon harvested at the site + weight of salmon exported from the site] – weight of salmon input to the site.

REASONS FOR THE DECISION “Determination of Aquaculture/ Foreshore Licensing Application – 42.49 hectares Brad├ín Fanad Teoranta t/a Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) has applied for an aquaculture licence for the cultivation of salmon on one site totalling 42.49 hectares at Shot Head, Bantry Bay, Co. Cork. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has determined that it is in the public interest to grant an Aquaculture/Foreshore Licence for site numbered T5/555. This determination takes into consideration that the proposed aquaculture will be located in suitable waters, has potential economic benefits, will have no significant ecological effects on wild fisheries, natural habitats, flora and fauna or the environment generally.”

Information about the Licence: