Monday, 16 December 2013

Response from Consumer Association of Ireland

Dear Consumer Association, December 13th 2013

We have a huge concern regarding miss labeling of farmed salmon products on Irish supermarket shelves. We believe the consumer is being misled with fancy packaging that displays words such as Organic, Natural Salmon etc...

We believe the word Organic displayed on Farmed Salmon and Smoke salmon is completely wrong and only offers to manipulate customers into buying farmed salmon from supermarket shelves.

What can the Consumer's Association of Ireland do about this problem?

Yours Sincerly,
Ireland Against Salmon Farms

RESPONSE FROM CAI December 16th 2013

Thank you for your email. We currently work very closely with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland in relation to all regulation. Currently we are looking into the definition of ‘Artisan’ which will cover a range of foodstuffs. Specific to farmed salmon, this is being investigated at European level of which we are part of, through our membership of BECU.

Kind regards,

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Calls for Minister Simon Coveney to Resign over Salmon Farm Findings

People across the country are calling for Minister Simon Coveney to immediately step down as Minister for Agriculture amid perceived refusals to answer questions in the Dáil on the fish farm controversy. The proposal by An Bord Iascaigh Mhara to locate the 1,126 acre, 15,000 tonne, open caged salmon fish farm off Inis Óirr, is now halted pending an EU investigation and Minister Coveney now has until January 15 to explain the situation. The Galway Bay Protection Group, a body made up of doctors and medics concerned by the health implications of a fish farm, has welcomed the EU Commission’s decision but believe a public enquiry is also needed to examine the entire issue.

Meanwhile, Save Bantry Bay and Friends of the Irish Environment submitted Freedom of Information request for all documents relating to a previous EU investigation. Upon receipt of the documents it quickly became apparent vital evidence was suppressed, and requests were sent for the European Commission to reopen their investigations.

There is now a calling for Minister Coveney to step down as Minister for Agriculture.

Baffled by enthusiasm of salmon farm endorsement

Great article in the Southern Star dated December 7th 2013

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

9 new cages for Kilkieran Bay and 5 or 6 for Bertraghboy Bay in Connemara plus more to be added

The destruction of Kilkieran Bay and Bertraghboy Bay by our state. Nine new cages for Kilkieran Bay and 5or 6 for Bertraghboy Bay in Connemara and more to be added. You could practically walk to them from the shore and this is an SAC and SPA.

Again economically supported by Udaras na Gaeltachta and now run by a multinational salmon feed lot operator. Replacing salmon farms that never worked and got huge funding from Udaras na Gaeltachta in the past and this is a SPECIAL AREA OF CONSERVATION. It is a total disgrace.

Not much chance for the wild fish of Connemara...


Kilkieran Bay

Bertraghboy Bay

Boycott Farmed Salmon This Christmas

Consumers Beware! Our message for Christmas 2014 is don't buy organic/smoked salmon.