Salmon Farm Wipe-out in Bantry Bay?

SOUTHERN STAR (Skibbereen, Ireland)
Mar 3, 2014

Salmon farm 'wipe-out' in Bantry Bay?

MINISTER Simon Coveney is being asked to give the figures of the escapees from the recent storm damage to a salmon farm in Bantry Bay. A written parliamentary question tabled by Clare Daly, TD, is due for reply later this week.

According to the West Cork-based Friends of the Irish Environment, the farm has effectively been ‘wiped out’.

In a statement released today, the group said that they ‘understand that there are only between 3,000 and 5,000 fish left at a site that held between 160,000 – 180,000 salmon.’

‘Simon Coveney should have known about the extent of the loses since the fish were moved and counted on February 19th and yet his Department is silent on the subject.’

According to local group Save Bantry Bay (SBB), the storm on February 1st, 2014, saw a cage break loose from its mooring and upend itself into another cage.

SBB, which had originally estimated the escape at 60,000 to 80,000, said that after the count on February 19th, they understood that the farm had been ‘virtually wiped out,’ which could cause adversely affect wild fish stocks.