15th October

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.

MHI water extraction

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.

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) however has challenged MHI’s actions and has sought a High Court Injunction against the company. FIE’s injunction comes after Galway County Council ruled that the development was unauthorised and required planning permission.

 ​Meanwhile, a petition supporting the temporary pipeline while treatment of the fish is required has been signed by up to 1,000 people in the Cárna/Cill Chiaráin area.


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