Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (22)

Joe McHugh

Question:

22. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to develop aquaculture sites in the deep sea off the country's Atlantic coast. [29224/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has submitted an application for an aquaculture licence for the cultivation of finfish near Inis Oirr in Galway Bay. The application and its accompanying Environmental Impact Statement are currently being considered in accordance with the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act.

My Department has also issued a Site Investigation Licence to BIM in respect of potential sites off the Mayo coast.

I also understand that BIM is currently engaged in preliminary work with a view to a possible application to my Department for a Site Investigation Licence for an area off the coast of Donegal.