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Liadh Ní Riada MEP welcomes withdrawal of application of industrial fish farm in Galway Bay

22 December, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada, who sits on the fisheries committee of the European Parliament, has echoed the statements of her colleagues Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and Martin Ferris TD, on An Bórd Iascaigh Mhara's recent announcement on the withdrawal of its application for a 15000 tonne mass industrial fish farm in Galway Bay.

Ní Riada said;

“I welcome the withdrawal of the application for the proposed fish farm, it did not have the support from the local communities and there were a number of environmental issues that were not addressed concerning waste, disease control and genetic contamination of wild stocks by farmed salmon.

“The fact that BIM has withdrew its application with reference to the new National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development is an acknowledgement that fish farms of such a large scale are unsustainable.

“Any future planning of farms must have the support of local communities and stakeholders, and the development of cooperative sustainable small-scale fish farms need to be prioritised.

‘The government, and any future government for that matter, need to consider the potential for enclosed onshore models for fish farming, particularly a system based on the Kuterra model in Canada.”

"In 2016, I will propose to the European fisheries committee for a pilot project to be conducted into the feasibility of enclosed onshore models for fish farms."

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