Salmon and sea trout anglers along with inshore fishermen insist a planned explosion of giant fish farms on the west coast will lead to a senseless destruction of the Irish environment and damage key industries.

It has been claimed that thousands of existing jobs in tourism, angling, and shellfish industries will be wiped out by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) proposals to create mega salmon farms off Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands.

More than 200 people from all over Ireland protes-ted on Saturday outside Marine Minister Simon Coveney’s constituency office in Carrigaline, Co Cork. Mr Coveney had signalled in advance that he would not be present to receive a petition….

Irish Examiner. 17/12/12. Read the article ‘Sea of protest urges Coveney to prevent fish farm plans’