Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (38)

Billy Kelleher


38. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when he expects to make a decision on the licence application by BIM for a fish farm licence in Galway Bay; the progress made to date with the consideration of this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55983/12]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has submitted an application to my Department for an Aquaculture and a Foreshore Licence for the cultivation of Finfish near Inis Oirr in Galway Bay. The application and its accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is currently being considered fully in accordance with the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act and the1933 Foreshore Act as amended. Every effort is being made to reach a determination in the case in a timely fashion subject to the provisions of the legislation. It would not be appropriate for me to comment further on an application which is under active consideration as part of a statutory process.