Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (320)

Michael Healy-Rae


320. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when applications (details supplied) will be renewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22411/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department considers all applications for aquaculture licences in accordance with the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act, the 1933 Foreshore Act and applicable EU legislation. The licensing process involves consultation with a wide range of scientific and technical advisers as well as various Statutory Consultees. The legislation also provides for a period of public consultation.

In accordance with the applicable legislation, the Statutory and Public Consultation phase in respect of new licence applications and renewals for the area in question is ongoing. As these licence applications are under active consideration as part of a statutory process, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the matter at this time.