18th October

Seaweed - Ireland's newest farming activity

Seaweed farming offers Ireland the opportunity to become a producer of one of the EU's fastest growing food categories that by 2020 could boost Irish seafood sales by an additional €10 million per year.

This was a key message delivered to close on 200 delegates attending the BIM hosted conference Farmed Irish Seaweed: An Ocean Wonder Food? as the Agency's first report on Irish seaweed farming was unveiled.

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About one quarter of EU seaweed suipply is produced in France and Spain

Findings from The European Market for Sea Vegetables - a study specially commissioned for the conference - show Ireland targeting 2,000 metric tonnes (harvest weight) per annum of seaweed, farmed for human consumption.

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Ireland has no case to answer in sea lice complaint says EU Commission

A five-year Pilot Investigation by the European Commission into the potential impact of sea lice on wild salmon stocks in Ireland has concluded with the finding that the Irish State has no case to answer.

The investigation was launched in 2009 following complaints by Salmon Watch Ireland and Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE). The case was initially closed in 2012 but was reopened later that year after FIE provided the Commission with additional information, including a report from Inland Fisheries Ireland.

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EU Commission report into the potential impact of sea lice on wild salmon stocks in Ireland states that Ireland has no case to answer

Since its introduction in April 2008, the EU Pilot has been a relatively quick and effective mechanism designed to provide answers to questions arising in the application of EU laws – particularly those raised by citizens or businesses.

Read more: Ireland has no case to answer in sea lice complaint says EU Commission

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:

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

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

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