Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions (167)

Clare Daly

Question:

167. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in view of the fact that constant monitoring is a condition of salmon farm licences, the reason he stated that it would take time to gather information on the escapees at Bantry Bay on 1 February. [14397/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department’s Engineering Division, in conjunction with the Marine Institute, conducted a survey at the site referred to by the Deputy at the first available opportunity and have provided preliminary scientific and technical reports to my Department. The very severe weather conditions experienced at the time of the incident referred to by the Deputy are well documented. At all times site surveys must be conducted in a manner which takes due account of the health and safety of the personnel involved.