17th December

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.

“Arramara has procured and processed varying quantities over the years, to a maximum of 37,000 tonnes annually. Current volumes do not reflect Arramara’s potential. We will help Arramara get back to prior levels and maximise the factory’s capacity. Údarás na Gaeltachta has asked us to stabilise and improve quality throughput so that employees, harvesters, hauliers and other stakeholders can receive maximum economic benefit from Arramara’s operation."

He added that the volume in Arramara’s application was deemed commercially confidential until it had made its way through the Department of the Environment’s process.

"We want to respect that process," he said.

Don't miss this exclusive interview: Inshore Ireland publishing 13/12.

Also featured in RTE1 Ear to the Ground today (27/11) 

http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10349285/

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