Proposals for a Deep Sea Fish Farm in Galway must be subject to an independent enquiry following deeply inconsistent reports given by two State bodies to the Galway County Council.

This is the view of the Mayor of County Galway, Thomas Welby, who has written to the Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney, calling on him to suspend the licensing process and initiate the review. The farm is proposed to be located in Galway Bay.

Mayor Welby is concerned about what he sees as “the complete inconsistency of information” between the Inland Fisheries Ireland and Bord Iascaigh Mhara, as outlined in two separate presentations given at County Buildings recently.

The presentation by the IFI expressed concerns regarding effects on wild stock in relation to sea lice, possible cross contamination of wild stock from escaped farmed stock, EIS reports the IFI called “deficient”, and questionable jobs calculations….

Galway Advertiser. 13/12/12. Read the article ‘Welby seeks independent enquiry into fish farm proposals’