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Aquaculture Licences

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 1 July 2015

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ceisteanna (21)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

21. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will confirm that no new fin-fish farming licences will be granted until the new national plan for sustainable aquaculture development is adopted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26056/15]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Applications for Aquaculture Licences for the cultivation of finfish in the marine environment are considered by my Department under the provisions of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 and the Foreshore Act 1933.

Determinations in respect of individual applications are only made following completion of the procedures set down in the applicable legislation and the consideration of all environmental, technical, scientific and public policy aspects of each application.

As the Deputy is aware, the National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development has been published by my Department and is currently the subject of public consultation. It would not be appropriate for anyone to seek to pre-judge the outcome of the consultation process or any actions, legislative or otherwise, that might follow on from that process.

In the meantime, and in the normal way, applications on hand and all new applications will continue to be assessed under the provisions of the existing legislation and licence determinations made in accordance with the legislation.

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