Thursday, 2 October 2014

Widespread Calls to have existing Salmon Farms on the Irish Coastline moved to Safer Closed Containment Systems

Closed Containment Salmon Farming

Its been three years or more and we are still campaigning to have these Salmon Farms on the Irish Coastline moved to safer inland closed containment systems. Why aren't our elected government in Ireland listening? Why is there such a lack of interest and inability to move forward. The benefits to moving to closed containment systems far out-whey the out dated system of salmon farming along the coastline.

Here are few advantages to using closed containment salmon farms:

- No sea lice
- Less need for the use of anti biotics and pesticides
- Better waste control
- Cleaner water can be used
- Its a greener solution that can benefit the enviroment
- No danger to native species of salmon and sea trout

Closed containment works well as can be seen below:

- Containment fish farm near Port McNeill ready for harvest

- Onshore salmon farm plan Bantry

- Harvesting of healthy adult salmon from the Cork, Ireland site demonstrated that the technical innovation from Niri produces superior results 

- AquaSeed operates a closed containment farm to raise coho salmon in Washington State

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Salmon Farms on the Irish Coast at risk over Winter Storms

ISGA Executive, Richie Flynn, said, “While unprecedented damage was caused to coastal infrastructure, salmon farms stood up extremely well to the constant storm challenge”.…/… Then 11 days after this publication on the IFA website one of Ireland's largest salmon farm escapes happened in Bantry Bay on February 1st 2014 due to a coastal storm!

Richie Flynn's arrogant statement quickly became apparent that Salmon Farms on the Irish coastline are indeed at risk of storm damage. To date the Department of Agriculture has refused, under appeal, to publish a report it commissioned into how 230,000 farmed salmon escaped from cages in Bantry Bay during winter storms.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Fund Raising for Ireland Against Salmon Farms

We are running a fund raising campaign at the moment to fund a brochure and information leaflet campaign. Members of the public and consumers are almost unaware that the word Organic is being used by supermarkets, shops and restaurants in order to manipulate consumers into buying what is Farmed Salmon.

The use of the Organic Label is being totally abused not only by the people who issue the Organic Label but by the companies who are selling farmed salmon.

Please help us to raise enough money to create a leaflet campaign for distribution outside supermarkets, restaurants and farmers markets by donating here

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The River Ilen in County Cork is Now also a target of the salmon farming industry.

The River Ilen in County Cork is now also a target of the salmon farming industry. A scoping letter has been sent to interested parties by the Cape Clear Fishermen's Group outlining their plans for a 5900 ton "organic" salmon farm facility over two sites at Roaring Water Bay in Skibbereen.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Environmental lobby threatens legal action over escaping salmon

An environmental lobby group has threatened to take the Information Commissioner to court as part of its ongoing attempt to obtain a report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.
Solicitors for Friends of the Irish Environment have written to the commissioner to say they will take High Court action if he fails to indicate when he intends to make a decision on whether to release the report.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has already refused to release the report, prompting the FIE’s appeal to the commissioner.

Mr Coveney said the report, by the Department of Marine’s engineering division, was a work in progress and the public would not be served by its disclosure.
FIE appealed Mr Coveney’s refusal to the Information Commissioner but have not heard back.
Last week, solicitors O’Connell and Clarke wrote to the commissioner, arguing that his failure to respond was “concerning given that you are on notice of the gravity of this matter and the ongoing danger to the environment”.

The letter warned that should the commissioner fail to respond, FIE would make an application to the High Court compelling him to address their appeal. The report relates to an incident during a storm in Bantry Bay last February, when a cage broke loose resulting in the escape of 230,000 salmon. Mr Lowes said they wanted sight of the report to see if anything had been done since the 2010 report to ensure fish farm installations are being inspected.