Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ceisteanna (211)

Michael Collins

Ceist:

211. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the licence granted to a company (details supplied) for the mechanical harvesting of kelp in Bantry Bay overrides all other licences operating in the area; if fishermen who leave their fishing equipment in the kelp-cutting licence area do so at their own risk; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17036/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The licence in question provides for the harvesting of kelp in specific areas of Bantry Bay in rotation. The areas to be harvested are outlined in the original application and supporting documentation which is available on my Department's website at www.housing.gov.ie/planning/foreshore/applications/bioatlantis-ltd.

The licence does not confer exclusive use of the areas and under the licence less than 1% of the Bay would be subject to harvest annually. 

The harvesting method permitted under the licence entails applying moderate suction to draw the algae into the cutter, which is controlled by the use of sonar, ensuring that the cutting tool remains 25 centimeters above the seafloor or anything resting on it.