Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Responds to Inaccurate Press Release Issued by
Friends of the Irish Environment Regarding Galway Bay
Fish Farm License Application
Yesterday, 29th October 2012, the Friends of the Irish
Environment (FIE) released a statement with the headline “BIM SUPPRESSING
CRITICAL REPORT ON GALWAY BAY FISH FARM”.
BIM categorically denies that it has suppressed any reports regarding its
application for an organic certified salmon farming license in Galway Bay
which aims to create 500 jobs.
In their release; Mr. Tony Lowes of the FIE, makes reference to a report
from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) concerning our application. BIM
did not receive any submission from IFI during the statutory consultation
period for the salmon farm license application. BIM cannot reasonably
be expected to respond to submissions which it has not received. Friends of the
Irish Environment did not consult with BIM prior to issuing their release and
BIM calls on them to immediately withdraw their spurious allegation and to
apologise for the slur on BIM’s reputation.
BIM is committed to an open and transparent consultation at both statutory
level and with members of the public concerning this important job creating
project. The statutory agencies, including IFI, had 8 weeks within which
to make submissions directly to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the
Marine (DAFM) regarding BIM’s license application. DAFM forwarded all
submissions received within the required timeframe to BIM. These
submissions, together with BIM’s response to them, were placed on BIM’s website
for public viewing. BIM did not receive any submission authored by IFI.
The public consultation period for the project is now underway, and it
closes at 12 midnight on the 12th December 2012.
Any member of the public, or indeed agency, wishing to make submissions, should
do so in accordance with the instructions set out in the public advertisements or
as displayed on BIM’s website www.bim.ie .
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