Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Undercurrent News: Irish campaign calls on gov’t to close Galway salmon farms

The campaign group Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages (GBASC) has called on the Irish government's department of agriculture, food and the marine (DAFM) to take action against what it describes as "out of control" lice levels in salmon and trout farms on Ireland's west coast, from Donegal to Connemara.
The group has demanded that any salmon farms unable to keep lice below certain levels should have their licenses revoked by DAFM.
The group's demand follows the recent update from DAFM to the country's department of communications, climate action and environment on the action being taken to resolve the lice situation.
GBASC has also questioned the effectiveness of the desalination plants installed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Ireland's seafood development agency, claiming the new strategy "has not worked."
"GBASC has no doubt IFA Aquaculture and the salmon farming industry will blame any loss of revenue on the lack of new licenses, as they did in their recent press release to the media to justify the drop in production of farmed salmon by 39% in 2018," the campaigners state. "The drop in production was more than likely caused by incompetent farming practices leading to sea lice infestations, disease, and stress-related deaths as a result of treatment procedures for sea lice and amoebic gill disease."