Monday, 14 January 2013

Anti Salmon Farm Protest on March 2nd 2013

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013 convening for 12.00 midday.
Place: Gathering at Eyre Square, Galway.

March through the town to the Claddagh where we will meet the boatmen with their boats and then on to the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. The hotel is the venue for the Skipper Expo and BIM will also be present at the show which may possibly be attended by Minister Simon Coveney or another minister.
The groups that were present at today's meeting and who will be co-operating jointly for this protest are as follows:-
  • FISSTA Federation of Irish Salmon & Seatrout Anglers
  • NARA National Anglers Representative Association
  • TAFI Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland
  • SAVE BANTRYBAY
  • Salmon Watch Ireland. (formerly Stop Salmon drift nets Now)
  • The were also a good number of Angling clubs present:-
  • Tuam Anglers Ass.
  • Cregmore/Athenry Anglers Ass.
  • St. Colman's Anglers Ass.
  • Milltown Anglers Ass.
  • Corofin Anglers Ass.
  • Galway City Salmon Anglers
  • NSFAS No Salmon Farms at Sea
  • IFI also was represented.
We look forward to seeing you all there on March 2nd.
 

Monday, 31 December 2012

Closed Containment Salmon Farms as opposed to Salmon Farms at Sea

Walmart apologizes, offers full refund on listeria-risk smoked salmon

Consumers can bring back smoked salmon that has been recalled over possible contamination with the listeria monocytogenes bacteria for a full refund, said Walmart. The products, which were distributed to retail outlets between Nov. 12 and Dec. 21, can be brought back into its Sam’s Club stores and buyers can get all their money back, the retail giant said.

Read the full article here http://www.undercurrentnews.com/2012/12/28/walmart-apologizes-offers-full-refund-on-listeria-risk-smoked-salmon/#.UOFS8Kya-Sr

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

FUTURE OF DONEGAL FISH FARMS IN DOUBT AFTER AGENCY’S TOUGH STATEMENT

FUTURE OF DONEGAL FISH FARMS IN DOUBT AFTER AGENCY’S TOUGH STATEMENT
From Donegaldaily.comPublished November 25, 2012

A DONEGAL fish farm has been halted amid concerns all fish farms in the county could be facing new restrictions.

The authority which regulates fish farms in the country has also issued a strongly-worded statement questioning the number of jobs created by them.

It has questioned one new fish farm in Galway Bay and is opposing two others – in Donegal and Mayo. It says scientific studies show sea lice from farmed salmon are wiping out wild salmon stocks off the Irish coast.

The Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the state agency charged with the conservation, protection, development, management and promotion of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resource. The Board of IFI agrees with the recent statement by Minister Fergus O’ Dowd on offshore salmon farming and welcomes the development of Ireland’s aquaculture sector, once any development complies with Ireland’s obligations under relevant EU environmental legislation, particularly the Habitats Directive, and does not adversely affect salmon and sea trout stocks.

The Board have made a submission on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) for the proposed offshore salmon farm as part of the public consultation process, and recommends that this submission, which is on the IFI website, is read in full by any interested parties.

In the submission, concerns were raised in relation to the location and scale of the proposed salmon farm and how its development and operation could impact on wild salmon and sea trout stocks and their habitat. These concerns are based on scientific reports by respected authors and knowledge of the impact of existing fish farms on salmon and sea trout populations off the west coast of Ireland. Recent peer reviewed international scientific literature on the impacts of sea lice on salmonids show them to have devastating effects on wild salmon, accounting for up to 39% of salmon mortalities. The Board does not believe that the corpus of peer reviewed international scientific literature which recognises the negative impacts of sea lice on salmonids have been adequately dealt with in the EIS.

The Board says it welcomes any sustainable initiative which will provide jobs in rural coastal communities however it queries the figure of 500 jobs being associated with the proposed offshore salmon farm.

Published data on employment and production in the salmon farming sector show that 9,923 tonnes of salmon were produced in 2007 and 133 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) people were employed in salmon farming. If the same ratios, 74.6 tonnes of salmon per person employed, are used in the context of the current proposal for a 15,000 tonne salmon farm this accounts for only 202 jobs. A very recent report in aquaculture news site www.fishnews.eu claims that Scottish Islanders were delighted that a new 2000 tonne salmon farm had been granted planning and would create 4 full time jobs.

“Again if applying the same ratios to the current proposal this amounts to 30 jobs, assuming no economies of scale,” said the IFI.

The statement went on: “Notwithstanding this the Board have serious concerns that whatever the number of jobs created by the current proposal they will be more than offset by the associated loss of jobs in the recreational angling and tourism sectors if this development proceeds without adequate environmental protections in place. “Top line figures from a recently commissioned survey of domestic recreational anglers suggest they contribute approximately €143 million to the economy, predominantly in rural areas, with the preferred locations for angling overnights in the West and South West and an additional €89 million is contributed by tourist anglers.

“The Board believe that Ireland’s reputation as a pristine wild fishery destination must be safeguarded. Angling tourism is characterised by the fact that consumption takes place where the resource is readily available, such as on the West Coast.

“Tourism activity is particularly concentrated in areas which lack an intensive industry base, and it is credited with having a significant regional distributive effect. Consequently, the economic benefit is kept within Ireland, and not expatriated to another country which would most likely be the case if an international operator was awarded the franchise to run the proposed offshore salmon farm. “The Board believe that proposals being brought forward for two further offshore salmon farms in Mayo and Donegal are premature given that significant issues over the current proposal have not yet been resolved. No further applications should be progressed until all stakeholders are satisfied that the current proposal is sustainable and has no adverse impact on wild salmon and sea trout stocks.

“Despite the ever increasing pressures on our fisheries, Ireland still boasts a wealth of inland and sea angling resources which greatly enhance the quality of people’s lives on a daily basis as well as delivering economic and social benefits to the Irish economy in the form of job creation, social inclusion and tourism revenue. We cannot be complacent about the resource, or our management of the environment. In this regard the Board of IFI would like to reiterate its commitment to the protection of Irelands wild fish and the aquatic habitat.”

Galway TD Expresses Concern

GALWAY TD ADDS TO CONCERNS OVER PROPOSED SALMON FARM OFF INIS OIRR
GalwayNews.ie December 20, 2012

A Galway West TD has expressed serious concerns over a proposed deep sea salmon farm off Inis Oirr. Deputy Noel Grealish is worried about the effect the farm will have on wild salmon and sea trout numbers.

Research has shown that infestations of sea lice concentrate in salmon farms and this can pose a serious threat to wild salmon and sea trout during their migration period. Deputy Grealish raised the issue with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dail and he hopes it will be dealt with in the New Year.


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Ireland referred back to Court over incomplete environmental impact assessment laws

Whilst Ireland has finally ratified the Aarhus Convention giving Irish citizens the same environmental rights as the rest of Europe, the European Commission referred Ireland back to the Court of Justice on June 21 to bring its national legislation on assessing the effects of projects on the environment into line with EU rules.

The Commission has requested the ECJ to impose a lump sum fine of over €1.8m and a daily penalty payment of over €19,000 for each day until the infringement ends.

‘Despite an earlier referral to the Court and a subsequent ruling in March 2011, Ireland has not yet ensured the full transposition of the Environmental Impact Assessment into national law,’ an EC statement reads.

Read more on the Inshore-Ireland.com website

Local Business & Anglers Complain to Bord Failte as Concerns Mount



Dear Bord Failte,

As I am sure you are aware, Minister for Marine, Simon Coveney, is planning to push through plans to build massive Salmon fish farms on the west coast of Ireland. As an Angler, I believe that this move will have a very negative impact on tourism in Ireland, as these farms are widely known to damage all sorts of marine life in Bay's/ Estuary's. Angling is a large jewel in the crown of tourism in Ireland, and the King of fish, the Atlantic Salmon, is the main attraction for tourist anglers and local anglers alike.

We have seen the massive amount of damage that these farms have done in Chile, Scotland, Norway and Canada, and if this were to happen here, then almost certainly tourism will be severely affected. The facts are very well known internationally about these dangerous fish farms, and the Minister is hiding these facts for financial gain, but there won't be any gain, but simply disaster for a small country that depends on the Tourism industry to boost it's economy.

The Minister states that up to five hundred jobs will be created with these farms, and I personally don't think that it takes a mathematician to work this equation out.
Please help to stop this utter madness of a plan, before it's too late."

Sincerely