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NSFAS (No Salmon Farms At Sea.)

NSFAS, No Salmon Farms At Sea, are a dedicated group of like minded individuals from all corners of this island. We are comprised of anglers, conservationists and local residents,all with a common purpose.

Our mission is “To strive to safeguard our wild salmon and sea trout, their marine habitat and inland waterways, in order to ensure their continued existence”

The objectives to which we are committed, but not limited to achieving, are as follows:

1) To stop the further development of fish farms around the coast of this island.

2) To seek the implementation of stringent controls and efficient legislation, by the Irish Government and Northern Assembly, in order to effectively police the activities of the operators of aquaculture licences.

3) To work with other concerned organisations for the advancement of our common objectives.

4) To campaign for the movement of existing salmon farms, from the migratory path of wild salmon and sea trout, to land based closed containment systems.

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Well said paddy and lets hope we have unity moving forward to defeat these impending disasters at the meeting tommorrow.
It was great to me you today in Galway eddie and thank you for the pint.
Todays meeting was a major step forward in the right direction, to see so much passion coming from all who attended the meeting can only be taking as a positive and to have so many clubs and organisations all working together help us win the battle.
 

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The biggest onshore salmon farm in the world could be built in Scotland for £15 million, according to The Scotsman.

Dunkeld-based onshore fish farmer FishFrom will submit a planning application this week to build a 3.5-acre warehouse at Tayinloan, which will produce 3,000 metric tons of salmon a year – about twice the average sea-based farm.

Scottish farmer plan ‘world’s biggest’ onshore salmon farm | Undercurrent News
 

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The biggest onshore salmon farm in the world could be built in Scotland for £15 million, according to The Scotsman.

Dunkeld-based onshore fish farmer FishFrom will submit a planning application this week to build a 3.5-acre warehouse at Tayinloan, which will produce 3,000 metric tons of salmon a year – about twice the average sea-based farm.

Scottish farmer plan ‘world’s biggest’ onshore salmon farm | Undercurrent News
A1 paddy your more than welcome anytime....we'l get a keg between us if we can win this battle. These locusts may have it easy elsewhere but by heaven they will earn it to put their farms on the west coast of ireland!!?
 

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NSFAS No Salmon Farms At Sea.

A very productive meeting was held in Galway last Sunday with the attendance of 60 - 70 representatives from Angling Clubs and other groups opposed to Salmon Farms, a provisional date of the 2nd of March has been proposed for a large protest in Galway.
We will post more details as they become available and we would hope to have a massive turnout of concerned anglers, conservationists and residents.

Please keep an eye on this page for further updates.....
 

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The "NSFAS" No Salmon Farms At Sea must be doing something right,
Over the last two months we have got a good write up in three leading Angling Magazines and a number of National News Papers.

In January "Irish Angler 2013 Annual" David Dinsmore give his Editorial page to the group for Damien O'Brien (Klink) to cover the work of the NSFAS and of the meeting held in Bantry and organised by the group Save Bantry Bay.

In February the "Fly Fishing & Fly Tying" magazine also covered the protest in Carrigaline By Roderick O'Sullivan.

Also in February the "Trout & Salmon" magazine also covered the protest in Carrigaline reported by Damien O'Brien.
http://donstaniford.typepad.com/my-b...on-farms-.html
(There has been a mistake in this article where Fergus O'Dowd was named instead of Simon Coveney been the minister responsible for the approving or rejecting a licence for the Galway Bay Salmon Farm.)

At this stage we at NSFAS would like to thank all of the above mentioned for all there help and support with helping us making more people aware of what is happing with these Salmon Farms.
For more details on these Salmon Farms you can read the full story in all of the above listed and lots more.
 

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Looking a bit of a dig out folks.

We need to raise funds for printing & postage and our new logo banner. Everything to date has gladly been given from our own pockets, we now need some " HELP ".
We are not looking to raise a lot of money but every cent counts so please do what you can, thank you!

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On behalf of NSFAS thank you very much for your donation Pete.
We are getting closer to the cost (€318) of the printing of the leaflets that we need for the two upcoming shows in Dublin.
We have a stand at the HOOKED LIVE show in City West in Dublin, and Angling Expo 2013 in swords. If you or indeed any of the forum members are at these show please call in and say hello.

Tight Lines and Thank You.
 

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Farmed salmon production has increased rapidly in the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland. There are a number of significant concerns with regard to the sustainability of the salmon aquaculture industry in Scotland, including the release of harmful chemicals, benthic impacts due to organic enrichment from waste food and faeces and the sustainability of food sources. However, the most significant concerns for wild fish interests are the potential negative effects of sea lice and escapes.

Sea lice: A number of reviews have considered the effects of interactions between salmon farms and wild salmonids (e.g. Revie et al. 2009). There is now compelling scientific evidence that sea lice emanating from salmon farms have the potential to pose a very serious risk to wild migratory salmonid populations
Escapes: Farm escapees (from both cages in freshwater and marine cages) have the potential to interbreed with wild fish. Scottish salmon have unique genetic lineage specific to each river system (and sometimes unique to individual tributaries). Cross-bred offspring are less fit for survival at sea thereby putting the wild population at risk. In addition, escaped juvenile fish in freshwater may out-compete wild fish prior to migration and can develop to sexual maturity as parr, interbreeding with adult returning fish
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Hooked Live 2013

A few photos of the support the NSFAS received at the Hooked Live 2013 show last weekend.


Ian Gordan and paul Young shows their support by signing the NSFAS hard copy petition at the show.


Peter O'Reilly shows his support to the NSFAS Group.

Members of the NSN (No Salmon Nets) travelled from all parts of the country to show their support to the NSFAS campaign.


Managing Editor of Irish Country Sports and Country Life, Albert Titterington, Stevie Munn, Paul Young and members of the NSN.

Members of APGAI Ireland also show their support for NSFAS.
The NSFAS will also have a stand at the Angling Expo 2013 in Swords on the 16th and 17th of this month, so if any of you are at this event please call round and say hello and sign the petition.
 
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Well Paddy, your doing great work for this campaign. How is it looking so far? What kind of impact is it making?

Just a few questions, who has to sanction the go ahead of the planning permission and whats the next step in the NSFAS campaign? At my local committee meeting last night I heard some more accounts of its scale and potential impact and its scary to say the least.
 

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Well Paddy, your doing great work for this campaign. How is it looking so far? What kind of impact is it making?

Just a few questions, who has to sanction the go ahead of the planning permission and what's the next step in the NSFAS campaign? At my local committee meeting last night I heard some more accounts of its scale and potential impact and its scary to say the least.
Thanks for you comments Smolt, things are going very well so far with the campaign, we are making noise in all the right places. Over the past few months we have received great support from a lot of angling clubs, organizations and angling magazines from all parts and we now have more people talking about the issues these Salmon Farms will have on us all.

Simon coveney will be the one to sanction the go ahead for the farms this will then go to the appeals board and hopefully be ended in Brussels under the EU. We have had a few very important meeting with some of the TD's and other organizations with more to follow, we are also working with the angling clubs in Galway to have the protest put in place on the 2nd March.

The potential impact of these farms on our country is endless to say the least if placed at Sea. I spoke with a fellow angler from our area at the show last weekend, when he seen the photo we have of a Mackerel covered with sea lice that was got off the Co. Down cost he then knew this will also effect the rivers on the east coast also. The only way forward for us all is to have these farms and all others farms placed inland where they can be regulated and controls put in place.
 
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“One salmon caught in an Irish river is said to be worth €423 to the local economy. Angling is worth €230m annually to the national economy.”(Irish Hotel Federation/Inland Fisheries Ireland).

The statement made [by BIM] that “global supply of fish meal and fish oil has remained largely stable for the past 45 years or more” is true but does not take into account the large growth rate of aquaculture in recent years which has turned it into a highly consumptive practice. A recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) highlighted the huge growth rate of aquaculture around the world (estimated at 8-10 per cent per year to 2025) and indicated that nutrient and feed inputs will have to increase alongside this. Once all the fish feed has been diverted from other sources, such as land- based agriculture, the industry will have no choice but to find alternative sources of feed. The use of fish oil in aquaculture is expected to increase by 16 per cent by 2020. The FAO report also acknowledges that there are serious concerns about long-term sustainability of the supply of fish meal and fish oil obtained from wild fisheries.

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Great stuff Paddy, have you got much information and details on the impact that fish farms have had on different countries and the native species? It would be good to show the impact already created by these farms and the potential impact this mega farm would have on our Island. Like I said, its only really sinking it for me lately.
 

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Great stuff Paddy, have you got much information and details on the impact that fish farms have had on different countries and the native species? It would be good to show the impact already created by these farms and the potential impact this mega farm would have on our Island. Like I said, its only really sinking it for me lately.
Yes Smolt we have a lot of info on the impact from the Salmon Farms on our Wild Salmon and Sea Trout. We are using all of this and more to win this battle and have these and all other farms moved inland. If you are at the swords show call around to the NSFAS stand for a more detailed update.
 

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Yes Smolt we have a lot of info on the impact from the Salmon Farms on our Wild Salmon and Sea Trout. We are using all of this and more to win this battle and have these and all other farms moved inland. If you are at the swords show call around to the NSFAS stand for a more detailed update.
You seem to be only looking at the effects these farms have on salmon and sea trout .It should ALWAYS be pushed to the front that these farms have a serious impact on all species of fish and shellfish living in the sea.this would/should attract others including trawlermen to the cause of no salmon farms at sea.

Salmon and sea trout angling is only one branch of a huge tree which WILL be finished due to this super at sea farm.We all have our opinions on trawlermen but if the catch for trawlermen is in danger they will oppose this farm.
 

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You seem to be only looking at the effects these farms have on salmon and sea trout .It should ALWAYS be pushed to the front that these farms have a serious impact on all species of fish and shellfish living in the sea.this would/should attract others including trawlermen to the cause of no salmon farms at sea.

Salmon and sea trout angling is only one branch of a huge tree which WILL be finished due to this super at sea farm.We all have our opinions on trawlermen but if the catch for trawlermen is in danger they will oppose this farm.
You may not have seen post #13 last cast, the NSFAS are not just looking at the impact on our Wild Salmon and Sea Trout or indeed the impact on the trawlermen. These farms will have a big impact on this country as a whole in fact there is very few that will not be affected by these salmon farms, from the Taxi Man, the B.&.B's right back to the student with the part time job at the weekend to pay for there college and many many more.
 

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Hi Paddy, a great job you are doing here - keep at it. I am currently battling against the Scottish salmon Company against a farm on the western isles, a mega farm they want to place there.
The picture of the mackerel with sealice - can you post it on here? that is really frightening to think they can attach themselves to those boys, they never ever seem to stop swimming!!!
 

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Hi Paddy, a great job you are doing here - keep at it. I am currently battling against the Scottish salmon Company against a farm on the western isles, a mega farm they want to place there.
The picture of the mackerel with sealice - can you post it on here? that is really frightening to think they can attach themselves to those boys, they never ever seem to stop swimming!!!
Thanks for your comments Tyke777 we have and will be battling away at these salmon farms for as long as it takes. It is good to know you are also working on this on your side of the water, we have also got the backing of the NSN (No Salmon Nets) group in N.Ireland and all help and support is greatly received. We have also made some very good contact with clubs and groups from Scotland and Wales. Please have a look at the photo below, it has also been reported of Pollock been got with the sea lice attached to them also.


 

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Galway Protest

The Angling Clubs in and around Galway are working on putting this protest in place, Please support this protest.

 

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An Irish non-governmental organization has hit back at statements that the level of sea lice mortality from fish farms was just 1% of over all mortality of salmon smolts.

But the study’s findings must be seen in light of the fact that the survival rate of wild salmon smolts “is only 5% at the best of times – everything wants to eat them”, said Tony Lowes, director of Friends of The Irish Environment.

The study, says Lowes, acknowledged that “Sea lice-induced mortality is significant in just under 40% of the releases in the study”.

“It is such findings that led to a moratorium on the expansion of open net salmon farming in the National Seafood Programme 2007-2013,” said Alex O’Donnovan, secretary of the Save Bantry Bay group, formed to oppose the planned further expansion of salmon farming in Bantry Bay.

NGO hits back over lice research, says wild salmon smolt survival only 5% | Undercurrent News
 

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NSFAS Leaflet





For the members of this forum that have not seen the NSFAS leaflet.
 

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The number of salmon killed by diseases at Scottish fish farms leapt to over 8.5 million last year, sparking fresh doubts about the sustainability of the £1 billion industry.

New figures released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) reveal that losses from all salmon farms have reached nearly ten per cent of their production. The main problem has been the spread of Amoebic Gill Disease, blamed by some on the warmer seas caused by climate pollution.

A mountain of 13,627 tonnes of dead fish had to be disposed of in 2012 by 230 fish farms along the west coast and on the islands, compared to 9,717 tonnes in 2011 and 7,159 tonnes in 2010. The worst problems were in Shetland, where 2.4 million salmon died.

The mass mortalities – known in the industry as morts – have also raised questions about how such large amounts of diseased waste are safely disposed of, and how the process is regulated. Sepa and local authorities both say it is not their responsibility.
Farmed salmon killed by disease leaps to 8.5 million - Rob Edwards
 
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