Written answers

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Aquaculture Industry

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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31. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the granting of a licence for a salmon farm at Shot Head, Bantry Bay, County Cork. [38148/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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The Deputy should be aware that the decision to grant the aquaculture licence referred to was made on 29thJune by the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB).

ALAB is an entirely independent Board and decisions in relation to the granting of an aquaculture licence in this instance are entirely a matter for ALAB. The decision of that Board and extensive documentation in support of the Board’s determination has been published on the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board’s website (www.alab.ie). I would urge all interested parties to familiarise themselves with the detailed information publicly available on the website.

Given the independent status of ALAB and the fact that there is currently a three-month window from the date of the decision in which that decision can be judicially reviewed, it would not be appropriate for me to me to comment on the Board’s determination in this matter.


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