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Time for real debate on future of fish farms - Carthy

22 December, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has welcomed the decision of An Bord Iascaigh Mhara to withdraw from its proposals to build a mega fish farm in Galway Bay.

He said that there was space now for a real debate into the future of off-shore fish farms in Ireland where the voices of campaigners will be listened to.

Carthy said:

“I welcome the BIM decision to withdraw its proposals for a massive off-shore fish farm at Galway Bay.  I commend all those campaigners who have outlined the real concerns that the farm could have devastating effects, not just off the Galway Coast, but also for inland fisheries stocks. 

“There is now an opportunity to have a real, detailed debate that is long overdue about the future development of these types of farms and their potential impact on the environment.  The examination of the alternative of in-shore fish farms should be central to such a debate.

“Local residents, anglers across the country and off-shore fishermen alike had voiced grave concerns about the proposed fish farm off Galway Bay and campaigned vigorously on the issue and it is important now that they are invited to inform future policy

“Sinn Fein was apprehensive about the scale of this project and I’m glad to see that guidelines have been outlined to limit the size of fish farms going forward.

“There is massive potential for aquaculture in Ireland, however, all efforts must be dependent on community support and respect for the environment.”

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