The public consultation period in the licence application process for a deep sea fish farm in outer Galway Bay has officially begun.
The consultation period will run for eight weeks, during which time the public can make observations or comments to the Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Natural Resources Simon Coveney on the project. The closing date for submissions is midnight on 12 December.
The State agency responsible for developing the Irish seafood industry, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, has welcomed the beginning of the scheme’s public consultation phase.
“BIM have a vital role to play in the coming eight weeks to ensure that members of the public are given the opportunity to inform themselves about the proposed development,” said BIM’s CEO Jason Whooley.
“The level of scientific research that has gone into identifying these potentially suitable locations in outer Galway Bay for deep sea fish farming is unprecedented, bringing together research and modelling from some of the State’s most eminent marine scientists.
“We are confident that the very carefully chosen locations, matched with the rigorous monitoring that must accompany any salmon farm in Ireland will enable the proposed development to run successfully and produce premium organic salmon, something that Ireland is world renowned for.”
The licence application for the deep sea salmon farm is to produce 15,000 tonnes of organic-certified salmon. It is envisaged that, should the application be successful, this output will be built up over a six year period, bringing with it over 500 new jobs. These jobs would be created both directly and indirectly, creating a €14.5 million annual wages flow, mainly in the vicinity of the proposed farm.
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Formal responses should be submitted to Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Aquaculture and Foreshore Management Division),
National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.