FIE Work

Eamon O’Cuiv, TD, told the Committee on Agriculture Fisheries and Food, on 1 December 2015 that ‘No one can try to tell me that organic fish farmers do not use chemicals to control for various diseases or lice. Fish produced on such farms can be labelled as organic but I would take the hill lamb over such a fish any day, in terms of it being a natural product. I will not touch farmed salmon because it is a totally unnatural product.’


Today the Boycott Farmed Salmon campaign publishes the results of a pre-slaughter test recorded in 2012 (the last records released after an appeal to the Information Commissioner) that shows a single Marine Harvest fish slaughtered for human consumption reported in July 2012 showed a total of 10 chemical residues.


These included two chemicals designed to paralyse the nervous system of insects like lice (Deltamethrin and Emamectin) which require a withdrawal period in the United States but not in the European Union, the antibiotic Oxytetracycline, the anaesthetic tricaine mesilate, and four anti-oxidants used in the salmon’s food supply as well as two illegal dyes, Malachite green and Leuco malachite green.


6 of the 10 chemicals are not listed by Marine Harvest on their ‘Positive Medicine List’ of chemicals they say they use.


Press Release   |   Test Results

The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries has informed Friends of the Irish Environment that the date for the completion of the report of the storm damage leading to the loss of 230,000 adult salmon in February 2014 at Gerahies in Bantry Bay, Co. Cork is 31 December, 2015.


FIE successfully appealed the Department’s refusal to release the preliminary reports and correspondence.


‘The key question that remains is if the damaged installations were subject to a full underwater assessment before restocking, as recommenced by the Engineering Division – and if regular inspections have been brought in to protect us from these disasters’, FIE said.



FIE’s 28 page appeal against the expansion of the Norwegian Multinational Marine Harvest’s salmon farm in Bantry Bay. It addresses the scientific inaccuracies and omission in the Environmental Impact Statement and demonstrates that by failing to cooperate with the authorities during Departmental annual audits as required by their licence the company is not a ‘fit person’ to hold a further licence.

The appeal concludes: ‘If Ireland is serious about feeding people, farmed salmon are not a sustainable food source as the fish required to feed them could and should go directly to feeding human beings’. 

Read the Appeal  / Read the Press Release summary

FIE’s 6 year campaign to bring widespread unauthorised industrial peat extraction on Ireland’s raised bog under the planning laws is being met with an attempt to change the law retrospectively to allow the ongoing environmental destruction.

 The President of the High Court, The Hon. Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns, accepted that changes in the legislation were ‘imminent’ in granting an adjournment to the Judicial Review brought by industrial peat extractors challenging An Bord Pleanala’s 2013 ruling that their operations required planning permission.

 ‘More than five years of work to enforce the planning laws is being met with an attempt to change the law retrospectively to allow ongoing environmental destruction - including the ongoing destruction of a Bronze Age bog road by Westlands at Mayne in County Westmeath.

 ‘Is this what Minister Kelly is taking to the Climate Change conference in Paris  next week – the news that Ireland is removing peat extraction from planning controls just as Mary Robinson has called for major fossil fuel reserves to be left in the ground?’

Press Release and links to background information

FIE has extended its campiagn to end the extraction of peat in Ireland to the semi-state Bord na Mona.

Friends of the Irish Environment have written to Offaly County Council stating that ‘unauthorised development has been, is being and may continue to be carried out near Derrinboy, Co. Offaly, comprising the drainage of peatland and extraction of peat without planning permission or environmental impact assessment.

The 200 hectare site north of Birr was previously an Area of Scientific Interest and a proposed Natural Heritage Area.

Read the letter which lays out the planning and scientific arguments in simple terms.