Monday, 29 May 2017

Mounting international decisions stop expansion of open cage salmon farming in the marine.

Dated :25th May 2017
In recent days both Norway and Sweden have made decisions to curtail open cage salmon farming.
At the Norwegian annual fish farming Hardangerfjord seminar, Mr Stein Lier-Hansen, CEO of Norsk Industri which includes the main salmon farming interests as well as Marine Harvest which has 80% of salmon farming production in Ireland, announced a stop to all further open cage salmon farming in Norway.
This was due to a cost last year of 15 billion NOK just to combat sea lice and it was still not possible to overcome the negative effects of the salmon farms on the environment.
In Sweden, its Land and Environmental Court has ordered a halt to fish farming in cages in open sea water at three locations and reduced the amount of farming permitted at another site.
Delivering the ruling, the court questioned whether open cages in the sea was the best fish farming technique and raised doubts whether the affected waters could cope with the amount of nutrients. The decision is a result of the so called Weser judgement from the EU Court in combination with new environmental quality standards in Swedish waters.
Meanwhile in Ireland a new peer reviewed published scientific paper from Inland Fisheries Ireland scientists, Shepherd and Gargan, indicates that wild salmon returns to the Erriff system in Co Mayo were strongly reduced(>50%) following years when there had been high lice levels on the salmon farms nearby during smolt out-migration. Their results show that sea lice infestation from coastal salmon aquaculture is likely to be an important negative contribution to the Erriff River system's wild salmon stocks.
Billy Smyth, Chairman of Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages, agrees with these international moves to stop the expansion of sea based salmon farming and is calling on Government Departments and semi state bodies like the Marine Institute, B.I.M. and Udaras to stop promoting this destructive industry, to remove the installations onto land so as to provide containment against lice, diseases and escapees that are affecting the valuable but declining stocks of wild salmon and sea trout.
Billy Smyth Chairman GBASC
Tel No: 086 3511628
Brian E. Curran PRO GBASC
Tel No: 0872509722