18th December

Marine Harvest Ireland responds to issues raised by Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages

In August Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages (GBASC) issued a press release that raised serious issues regarding Marine Harvest Ireland’s (MHI) occasional abstraction of water from Loughaunore Connemara (Sept issue of Inshore Ireland carries the press release in full - available from 6/09).

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Salmon cages at Ard Mhóir

We put some of GBASC’s points to Marine Harvest Ireland and they responded as follows:

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Overwhelming support for emergency action by Connemara salmon farmer

Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) has defended its decision to extract fresh water from a Connemara lake to treat farmed salmon in nearby sea cages for a potentially fatal gill disorder.

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Salmon cages at Ard Mhóir

In a statement to Inshore Ireland, the company stands over its actions that involved laying above ground a 3km temporary pipeline through which freshwater was occasionally pumped from Loch an Óir to a wellboat, which in turn delivered it to the cages at Aird Mhóir.

Read more: Overwhelming support for emergency action by Connemara salmon farmer

Marine Harvest Ireland stands over temporary freshwater extraction from Connemara lake

Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) has defended its decision to extract water from a Connemara lake to treat farmed salmon in nearby sea cages for a potentially fatal gill disorder.

In a statement to Inshore Ireland, the company stands over its actions that necessitated the laying of a 3km temporary pipeline through which freshwater was pumped from Loch an Or to a wellboat, which in turn delivered it to the cages near Ardmore.

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 Salmon cages at Ard Mhóir

Describing the action as ‘short-term, and taken on the advice of aquaculture veterinary surgeons’, MHI says it ‘should be seen as an urgent and essential measure to save the lives of its fish stocks’.

Read more: Marine Harvest Ireland stands over temporary freshwater extraction from Connemara lake

Farmed salmon investigation report withheld says environmental group

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) has accused the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) of refusing to publish the results of its investigation into how a large number of salmon were lost earlier this year at a fish farm in Bantry Bay.

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 Farmed salmon feeding near the water surface

In a press release, the FIE claims that a storm on February 1 caused two cages to collide at the Gerahies site in the bay, resulting in the loss of 230,000 salmon. The FIE says it was refused the report on the grounds that it was an ‘internal communication in the course of completion’ and that it ‘would not be in the public interest to release it’.

Read more: Farmed salmon investigation report withheld says environmental group

Marine Harvest signs €20m fish processing deal

Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) has signed a €20m deal to have its farmed organic salmon from Kilkieran Bay processed by Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta between March and July 2015. MHI currently employs fifteen staff at the Kilkieran Bay site which it has been operating since October 2013.

Approximately 85% of the processed product will be exported to fifteen countries worldwide. 

“Marine Harvest Ireland looks to work with local partners and suppliers where at all possible and we utilise in excess of 600 local suppliers across the country," remarked Pat Connors, Sales & Processing Director.

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Liam Roche, Managing Director, Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta and  Pat Connors, Sales and Processing Director, Marine Harvest Ireland

"We're delighted therefore, to announce this agreement, which will see our fish processed here in Kilkieran, making it a truly local operation. This is a significant investment and if we can bring the stock safely through to harvest in the spring of next year, will represent a major supply line for our global export business.”

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State sells Arramara Teo to Canadian company

Údarás na Gaeltachta has confirmed the sale of Connemara-based seaweed processor, Arramara Teoranta, to Acadian Seaplants Limited of Canada.

Speaking last week at the announcement, Dinny McGinley, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht praised the State agency for bringing what he described as “this strategic process" to completion.

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Jean-Paul Deveau, Chairperson of Arramara Teoranta and President of Acadian Seaplants Limited; Dinny Mc Ginley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Anna Ní Ghallachair, Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta

Minister McGinley confirmed that the agency would continue to work in partnership with Acadian Seaplants Limited to develop the seaweed sector “for the benefit of the Gaeltacht community and all stakeholders. This strategic partnership will ensure the company’s future in Connemara and will result in the further development of the seaweed processing sector here,” he added.

Read more: State sells Arramara Teo to Canadian company

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