Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (543)

Dara Calleary


543. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of aquaculture licences which have been granted on Lough Swilly; the purpose of each licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13066/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Fourteen aquaculture licences have been granted in Lough Swilly. The breakdown is as follows:

- two oyster licences,

- eight mussel licences,

- two oyster and mussel licences,

- one finfish (salmon) licence.

An aquaculture licence is required for the culture or farming of any species of fish, aquatic invertebrate animal of whatever habitat or aquatic plant, or any aquatic form of food suitable for the nutrition of fish.