Thursday, 18 February 2021

Questions (322)

Pa Daly

Question:

322. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the number of aquaculture licences currently in appeal for a harbour (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9157/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Under Section 40 of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act, decisions in respect of aquaculture licensing may be appealed to the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB), which is an independent body established by Statute for the specific purpose of considering such appeals.

In relation to the applications referred to in by the Deputy, ALAB has notified my Department that it has received appeals against the decisions not to grant these aquaculture licences in Castlemaine Harbour.

As the Board is currently considering these appeals as part of a statutory process it would not be appropriate for me to comment further on the matter pending the conclusion of that process.