Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (528)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

528. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when aquaculture licences (details supplied) will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25487/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department considers 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 the applications referred to by the Deputy is now concluded. Every effort is being made to expedite determinations in respect of these applications having regard to the complexities involved.

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.