Thursday, 23 February 2017

Submission Salmon Watch Ireland to Independent Aquaculture Licensing Review

Salmon Watch Ireland Limited (‘SWIRL’) is a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to the restoration of wild salmon abundance. It is SWIRL’s position that open cage salmon farming is inherently damaging to sea-migrating wild salmonids, Atlantic salmon and sea trout, and that it has proved to be so in Canada, Norway, Scotland and Ireland; in addition, there are other significant environmental threats associated with open cage farming. In the view of SWIRL, and many others here and internationally, it is only through conversion to closed containment systems, whether on land or in the sea, that the hugely negative impacts flowing from current systems of salmon farming can be mitigated. There are now marketable quantities of closed containment salmon being produced on both sides of the Atlantic and the Norwegian government has committed to closed containment for further expansion of its industry.