15th October

'Slow Food' celebrities break link to farmed salmon boycott

Two prominent members of the Slow Food Ireland movement have distanced themselves from a call by environmental watchdog, Friends of the Irish Environment, to boycott farmed salmon, saying they had not been contacted in advance of the campaign.

Salmon with pesto

Food journalist and publisher Sally McKenna of the Bridgstone Guide and Darina Allen, founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, told Inshore Ireland they did not support the pre-Christmas call to boycott smoked Irish farmed salmon.

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Freedom of Information mechanism fails to unearth publicly-funded report

Why is the official report of a major EU-backed scientific project involving Irish State Agencies not readily available here, asks the December issue of Inshore Ireland.

SUMBAWS report

The report is believed to include detailed information on the impact of sea lice on wild salmon and sea trout. The SUMBAWS Project 2002 - 2005 (SUstainable Management of interactions Between Aquaculture and Wild Salmonid fish) studied the impact of sea lice on wild populations of salmon and sea trout, and details the results of experiments by fisheries biologists in Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands and Norway.The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) also contributed to the project.

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Acadian Seaplants enters Ireland's seaweed sector

When it was confirmed in May that Údarás na Gaeltachta had sold its shares in the seaweed processing company Arramara Teoranta to Acadian Seaplants Limited of Canada, the news was greeted with concern by some harvesters fearing that their generations-old livelihood of hand-harvesting would be sidelined in favour of mechanisation.

Acadian seawweed

In an exclusive interview, Inshore Ireland talked to Acadian Seaplants President Jean-Paul Deveau who says he looks forward to working with harvesters and Arramara’s employees, suppliers and customers to sustainably grow and develop the company and the industry to their full potential.

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Why is a publicly-funded document not available in Ireland?

Inshore Ireland masthead

Our lead story outlines the frustration experienced by a representative of an aquaculture producer organisation trying to obtain from an official source in Ireland a copy of the final complete report of the SUMBAWS Project (SUstainable Management of interactions Between Aquaculture and Wild Salmonid fish).

SUMBAWS – by all accounts is a significant report and had a working budget of just over €2.3 million and cost EU tax payers more than €1.5 million.

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Publicly-funded report unavailable from official sources in Ireland

Inshore Ireland’s December lead story asks why the official report of a major EU-backed scientific project, believed to include detailed analysis of the impact of sea lice on wild salmon and sea trout, is not readily available in Ireland.

SUMBAWS report

Why is this publicly-funded report not available in Ireland?

The SUMBAWS Project (SUstainable Management of interactions Between Aquaculture and Wild Salmonid fish) studied the impact of sea lice on wild populations of salmon and sea trout, and details the results of experiments by fisheries biologists in Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands and Norway.

Read more: Publicly-funded report unavailable from official sources in Ireland

Traditional seaweed harvesters fear introdution of compulsory licensing

Údarás na Gaeltachta’s decison in March to sell its shares in seaweed processor Arramara Teoranta to Acadian Seaplants Limited of Canada has led to disquiet among traditional harvesters who fear that compulsory licensing is about to be introduced. 

The December issue of Inshore Ireland (13/12) includes an exclusive interview with Jean-Paul Deveau, President of Acadian Seaplants Limited.

Acadian - seawweed

Abundant supplies of seaweed on Ireland's west coast

Responding to Inshore Ireland's question on licensing, Mr Deveau said that Arramara Teo never held a licence to harvest seaweed and has always relied on harvesters to supply the factory. He said that would continue to be the case under the new owners.

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