Environmental Group welcomes the revoking of salmon farm licence in Kerry

The decision to revoke the licence of the Norwegian multi-national Marine Harvest to grow salmon at their site in Deenish Island in Ballinskelligs Bay has been welcomed by Friends of the Irish Environment.

The environmental group first published the Department’s recommendation to revoke the licences for overstocking on their website in September 2017.

The recommendation to revoke the three licences were refused in 2017 by Minister Creed, citing grounds of ‘serious commercial consequences’ and ‘proportionality’.
In ‘discontinuing’ this licence last week, the Minister noted that the company recorded a harvest in 2016 of 1,108 tons – in excess of the authorised limit by 122%.

Reversing his 2017 decision, the Notice published on the Departments website last week says the decision is ‘warranted and proportionate’.

While welcoming the decision, FIE Director Tony Lowes said that two other cases where the Department of Agriculture had also recommended the licences be revoked – Inishfarnard in the Kenmare River and Lough Alton in Donegal – remain unaffected.