Fish farm in Ballynakill bay Co Galway

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Fish farm in Ballynakill bay Co Galway
Saw this the Irish times this week:

Proposed 22-cage fish farm raising serious concerns in Connemara
An extremely concerned Connemara angler wishes to highlight the recent application by MOWI (formally Marine Harvest) for a licence to construct a 22-cage fish farm in an area of Connemara which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation.


“If this licence is granted it will be the death knell for all of the Connemara rivers, especially the Kylemore River, which enters the sea at Ballinakill Bay – the proposed location for the mega farm.

“It would be the largest fish farm on the west coast and would also have a devastating impact on hotels and guesthouses which depend on angling to survive,” he said.
 

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Fish farm in Ballynakill bay Co Galway
Saw this the Irish times this week:

Proposed 22-cage fish farm raising serious concerns in Connemara
An extremely concerned Connemara angler wishes to highlight the recent application by MOWI (formally Marine Harvest) for a licence to construct a 22-cage fish farm in an area of Connemara which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation.


“If this licence is granted it will be the death knell for all of the Connemara rivers, especially the Kylemore River, which enters the sea at Ballinakill Bay – the proposed location for the mega farm.

“It would be the largest fish farm on the west coast and would also have a devastating impact on hotels and guesthouses which depend on angling to survive,” he said.
Your quote... '“If this licence is granted it will be the death knell for all of the Connemara rivers, especially the Kylemore River, which enters the sea at Ballinakill Bay – the proposed location for the mega farm.' Sadly this not only reflects the potential demise of the Dawros/Kylemore Fishery but also every other fishery in the area... Delphi. Erriff, Ballynahinch to mention but few.

The location of this farm will also have a major impact on the fish that migrate from other countries like the UK, Wales and Scotland etc whose smolts potentially use the west coast of Ireland as their route to their feeding grounds. This is the very reason that drift netting was stopped in Ireland... it was indiscriminate as to which fish this practice was killing, as are many of the mature fish, en-route to their spawning grounds which are passing this coastline on their return to where they originated.



We fought hard to remove the drift netting only to be kicked in the arse yet again by another threat to the wild Atlantic salmon stocks.
The area that this farm is to be situated is also a SAC... Special Area of Conservation.
 

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Very bad news.Please let us know the outcome, but I think we know what it will be.😡😡.
 
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I've got to laugh at Governments who spout platitudes at world junkets such as COP 26 about protecting the environment
whilst conveniently and enthusiastically embracing the Aquaculture industry which is destroying our waters worldwide.:mad:
Norwegian fish farms have systematically destroyed marine environments around the globe whilst all the time Government officials deny any link
to the decimation, and in some cases, extinction of wild salmon populations.
I thought Marine Scotland scientists were bad for being corruptly blinkered but just now I'm midway through Alexandra Morton's memoirs "Not On My Watch" and have come to realise that they are rank amateurs compared to their Canadian counterparts.
The book also makes you aware of the impacts up and down the foodchain to Orca populations for example, on Canada's Western seaboard.
It would make you cry with anger and deep sorrow.
And yet, Government scientists remain in denial.
The world is totally fu**ed with corruption on a mega scale.:mad::mad:
 

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Pitsfisher.....Check my post up above in 'News and Reports' Nov 9th.
Perhaps the local TD for this area might like to look into MOWI's horrible history as opposed to nodding at their proposed 'jobs'.
 

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More from the Irish times:
In a forthright letter to the Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, and relevant Government officials, the chairman of Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages (GBASC) has protested against the application by the multinational salmon farm company MOWI for a new 3,500 tonnes (22 cages) salmon farm in Ballinakill Bay SAC, Connemara, Co Galway.

The following is an edited version of the said letter.

“Salmon and trout anglers, river owners/managers, gillies and businesses associated with angling tourism in Connemara are outraged that the Norwegian multinational salmon farm company MOWI (Marine Harvest) has applied for a new salmon farm licence in Ballinakill Bay, which is part of the West Connacht Coast Special Area of Conservation Ref: No. 002998 (SAC).

“The proposed farm will have a devastating impact on the Dawros (Kylemore River) – which flows into Ballinakill Bay – the Delphi, Erriff, Culfin, Bunowen, Carrowinskey, Owenglen and Ballynahinch rivers, amongst others.

“The salmon and sea trout populations in these rivers are presently hanging on by a thread and a licence for a farm such as this would be a ‘final nail in the coffin’ for all the Connemara rivers and businesses dependent on angling tourism.

“According to the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) supplied with the application, sea lice from this salmon farm will have no impact on wild salmon or sea trout stocks.

“The EIAR states: MOWI farmed salmon are harvested before maturity so therefore may not be able to breed with wild stocks, and that the escape of enough farmed fish with the regularity to cause significant impacts to wild salmon stocks around Ballinakill Bay is not a significant risk.

“We have no confidence in these assurances. Take, for example, the recent discovery of escaped farmed salmon in the Dawros River which flows into Ballinakill Bay. No salmon farm operator has yet owned up to the loss of these escapees or to those captured by anglers in a number of Donegal rivers last year.


“Escapes from salmon farms are occurring on an annual basis. Inland Fisheries Ireland scientists stated in last September that escaped farmed salmon could potentially transfer disease or could interbreed with the indigenous wild salmon population, thereby weakening the natural genetic gene pool of the wild fish.

“We cannot understand how a salmon farm that is proposing to use vaccines on its smolts and toxic pesticides such as Emamectin Benzoate (Slice), Cypermethrin (Alphamax) and Hydrogen Peroxide to kill sea lice, can be certified as organic.

“These same toxic pesticides, according to their Material Safety Sheets are “dangerous for the environment” also “very toxic to aquatic organisms” and “may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment”.

“We are asking the Minister on behalf of anglers and tourist interests in Connemara to refuse the Ballinakill Bay salmon farm licence proposal on the grounds that it will displace more jobs in angling tourism and possibly in the shellfish industry than it will create.

“Companies that pollute to produce should not be supported as we are in the middle of a climate and species extinction crisis.

“GBASC, along with anglers and tourist interest stakeholders in Connemara, intend to campaign for as long as is necessary to stop this unwanted environmentally-destroying salmon farm going ahead.”
 

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If anyone wants to share their thoughts on this proposed fish farm and fish farms in general the minister’s email contact details are as follows:
charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie

Personally I’m sick of the way we treat the environment in this country. Most of the seatrout fisheries of south Connemara are extinct. Deenish fish farm has destroyed Lough Currane and it continues to produce manky farmed salmon and pump out sealice despite a court order to halt. This current proposal to now destroy the migratory fish stocks of north Connemara is disgusting and needs to be stopped.
 

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I teach CSPE in secondary school. One of the topics is the environment. I told them the story about this, showing images and videos of the sea lice eating away on the wild stock etc. They have all sent a snotty email to the minister (y)
 
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