24 10 2017
IFA’s shellfish farming sector Chairman, Michael Mulloy, said today that the latest report by the EPA showing a dramatic increase in breaches of sewage treatment regulations around the coast must be acted upon immediately if Ireland is to retain its reputation for safe quality seafood.
IFA President, Joe Healy has welcomed the publication today of the report of the Independent Aquaculture Licence Review Committee (IALRC) which was set up under FoodWise 2025 by Minister Creed to address the serious delays and flaws in the aquaculture licencing system managed by his Department.
IFA’s Aquaculture section has welcomed two new studies published today which show a jump in seafood consumption and greater demand for a consistent supply of farmed fish and shellfish. A new Eurobarometer survey shows that Irish consumers buy fish more regularly than the EU average – confirming an upward trend in consumption identified by Bord Bia – and are committed to buying fish of Irish origin.
Aquaculture producers and members of IFA have expressed serious concerns with a proposal published in December by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to apply to the EPA for a licence to dump almost 100,000 tonnes of fine peaty silt in Donegal bay, threatening the health of millions of fish and shellfish farmed along the Donegal and Sligo coastline.