FIE has found that the current project to double Ireland’s farmed salmon output through the funding by the State of the semi–state agency Bord Iascaigh Mhara [BIM]] to apply for a licence for a salmon farm in Galway Bay, Ireland, violates commitments given by Government Agencies in 2010 not to develop the industry further until the sea lice issue had been addressed.

The National Development Plan, taking on board objections from the Central Fisheries Board and the Minister for Communications and Natural Resources, determined that ‘it has been decided that no financial assistance will be given to marine salmon aquaculture license holders during the course of this National Programme until such time as the sea lice issue has been satisfactorily resolved’.

The prohibition, published in July 2010 as the ‘Irish Seafood National Program 2007 – 2013’ was ignored in December 2011 when Minister Simon Coveney gave €2m additional funding to BIM to begin the work of applying for a licence for a mega fish farm in Galway Bay that would alone double Ireland’s farmed salmon production.

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