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 national and 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. All submissions received during the public and statutory consultation phase are considered during the licensing process.
I can confirm that my Department has received two applications for salmon farm aquaculture licences in Roaringwater Bay. These applications are currently the subject of scientific and technical review by my Department. On completion of this review, the applications will progress to the next stages of the licensing process which as set out above includes both public and statutory consultation.