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Galway Bay Salmon Farm Application Withdrawn by BIM

The application by BIM for a 15,000 tonne salmon farm in Galway Bay has been withdrawn.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