Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (544)

Dara Calleary


544. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the checks that have been carried out by his Department to examine potential oyster diseases in Lough Swilly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13067/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Fish health surveillance is carried out by the Marine Institute under Council Directive 2006/88EC.

Under that Directive, the entire coastline of Ireland has been declared free from Marteilia refringens while there have been recorded instances of Bonamia ostrea and Ostreid herpes virus (OsHV1-uvar).

Specifically in relation to Lough Swilly, over the period since 2007, the bay has been tested for the presence of all 3 pathogens. It remains free from Marteilia refringens but is infected with Bonamia ostrea and Ostreid herpes (OsHV1-uvar).