Saturday, 2 March 2013

Examiner Newspaper: Protests over Galway fish farm

Protests over Galway fish farm

Saturday, March 02, 2013 - 05:30 PM
Up to 2,000 people have attended a protest march in Galway city - voicing their opposition to the government's plans to build a 15,000 tonne fish farm off the Aran Islands.

Led by a lone piper, anglers and environmentalists from Galway, Mayo, Clare, Dublin and Donegal marched from Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch, where speakers including Independent Deputy Noel Grealish addressed the crowd.

Demonstrators are warning the government the €100m project in Galway Bay could destroy wild salmon stocks in the region.

Thoughts on the Mega Salmon Farm Planned for Galway Bay


Seamus Sheridan is Green Party Spokesperson Agriculture Food and Marine and Green party member in Galway West.

I’d like to address points and claims made in the glossy brochure that BIM sent to each house in Galway via The Galway Advertiser.

Ireland, and particularly the West coast, has a massive potential to create a sustainable, profitable and exciting aquaculture sector. Our clean waters, seaweed and algae resources, energy potential and fishing communities all combined with the excellent work and research being undertaken by the Marine Institute and NUIG set us apart from the rest of Europe. How we as a community choose to harness these resources however, needs foresight and wise consideration.

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Irish Times: Protesters Oppose 100million euro fish farm

Irish Times

Up to 2,000 people have marched through Galway City in protest at plans by Bord Iascaigh Mhara to locate a €100 million fish farm on a 456 hectare site in the lee of the Aran Islands.
The marchers who wielded banners proclaiming “Save Galway Bay” and the names of more than 20 angling and protest groups, were addressed at the City’s Spanish Arch by Icelandic entrepreneur and wild salmon conservationist Orri Vigfusson.

Mr Vigfusson said he was dedicated to restoring the abundance of wild salmon that formerly existed on both sides of the North Atlantic, and warned the Galway Bay project could “destroy” wild salmon stocks in the region.

The gathering was also addressed by the Mayor of County Galway Thomas Welby, Niall Greene of Salmon Watch Ireland, Brian Curran of the Federation of Irish Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers, Derek Hamilton of An Taisce, Michael Canney of Save Galway Bay, Enda Conneely of the Aran Islands, and independent TD Noel Grealish, among others.
Many of the speakers took issue with claims by Bord Iascaigh Mhara that fish farms do not cause environmental pollution.

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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
  • 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.