The Irish Government has recently decided to expand the salmon farming industry in Ireland and one of the first additions will be a ‘Mega’ salmon farm in Galway Bay that will produce 15,000 tonnes of farmed salmon and will have the capability of producing 30,000 tonnes of farmed salmon making this the biggest salmon farm in the world. This proposal has been put to the public with a lot of misleading information.
The proposed Mega Salmon Farm plans for Galway Bay
Irish Wildlife Trust campaigns officer Pádraic Fogarty said:
“The Environmental Impact Statement produced by Bord Iasciagh Mhara (BIM) aka Irish Sea Fisheries Board is simply not credible in asserting that there will be no significant negative effects from this massive development. The future of fish farming is now on dry land where these effects can be contained. It is short-sighted to believe that the ambition of Government agencies can simply be superimposed on a natural resource that is already seriously depleted.
The following is a copy of the official letter forwarded to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by Inland Fisheries Ireland in response to the proposed Aquaculture Development at Inis Oirr.
The Famous Sea Trout Collapse of Connemara in the 1980’s where Salmon Farms were first placed were directly responsible. This issue was raised in the Dail in 1993!