Letter from the EU Ombudsman closing the complaint against the Commission over THMs. FIE has written a detailed letter appealing the decision as the Commission failed to investigate the claims of the Irish state and simply took their word at face value.
The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal.
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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’.
A study of the annual inspection records of Irish salmon farms by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries between 2012 and 2014 has shown a complete breakdown of the salmon farm licensing system.
Instructions to operators to repair lights, to ensure that operations are contained within the allocated area, have been ignored f’foir many years’.
Marine Harvest, the largest global producer of farmed salmon, has been overstocking its sites for more than three years and in 2014 refused to give the Department’s Inspectors the stocking figures.
No provisions is being made for ensuring inspections of the critical mooring components that have led to previous disasters in spite of repeated recommendations by the Minister’s officials in accident reports and undertaking given to the European Commission to satisfy a European Court of Justice Judgment against Ireland.