Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (53)

Robert Troy


53. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a decision will be made on the application for an aquaculture licence in Galway Bay for a large finfish farm by Bord Iascaigh Mhara; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29368/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) for an aquaculture licence for the cultivation of finfish near Inis Oirr in Galway Bay was received by my Department last year. The application and its accompanying Environmental Impact Statement are being considered under the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act and the 1933 Foreshore Act.

A determination in respect of the application will be made as soon as possible following completion of the necessary assessment process.

As the application is under active consideration as part of the statutory process it would not be appropriate for me to comment further at this time.