18th December

Urgent need to encourage shellfish farming in Lough Foyle

John Sandford

Confirmation that Bonamia has been found in stocks of native oyster in Lough Foyle brings into sharp focus the disastrous results that disease can have on farmed and wild animals.

The effects of disease always tend to be underestimated, and this disease, like so many others, had largely been forgotten. Is there even one information leaflet available on shellfish diseases in Ireland - on Bonamia in particular?

If there is, I have not seen it.

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‘Cinderella’ seaweed industry needs coordinated approach

Ireland’s seaweed sector will go on failing to realise its true potential in terms of revenue generation and employment opportunities unless those in it learn to unite and adopt well-co-ordinated strategies when dealing with state regulatory and support agencies.

This is the blunt assessment of Ross Campbell, a director of CyberColloids Ltd – the county Cork-based global service provider to end users and producers of hydrocolloids − and the new chairman of the Irish Seaweed Industry Organisation (ISIO). The ISIO was set up over a decade ago and represents the interests of those working with seaweeds in Ireland.

Commenting to Inshore Ireland soon after taking the ISIO hot seat, Campbell views his proposed two-year term as “a major but welcome challenge.”

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Safe shellfish: the aim of Ireland’s biotoxin monitoring programme

Micheal Ó Cinneide and Terry McMahon, Marine Institute

The Irish shellfish sector has met many challenges and has continued to grow in the past decade. Total production in the shellfish sector in 2003 amounted to 44,678 tonnes, valued at €41.8m. The ongoing growth in exports of molluscan shellfish, which in 2003 were worth €39m, is evidence that our scientific excellence and the food safety work are achieving results in the marketplace.

Ongoing development of is dependent on ensuring that only product which is of high quality and is safe to eat is placed on the market.

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