Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Questions (184)

Mick Wallace


184. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department is preparing a report regarding the escape of some 20,000 farmed salmon from a site (details supplied) in Mulroy Bay, County Donegal in July 2017 as requested by Inland Fisheries Ireland; when the report will be finalised; when the report was first requested; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26987/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department’s records indicate that in July 2017 a salmon farm operator notified my Department, the Marine Institute and Inland Fisheries Ireland of a fish escape incident at a salmon farm located at Glinsk, Mulroy Bay, Co. Donegal. My Department’s records further indicate that all relevant stakeholders, including Inland Fisheries Ireland, were informed in accordance with the applicable aquaculture licence conditions.

On 4 April 2018 my Department received a request from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment seeking certain specific information in relation to the incident. On 6 April 2018 my Department forwarded the specific information requested to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

As all appropriate action has been taken by my Department and by the operator no further action is considered necessary at this time.