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    Salmon Farming:Complaint to the Commission of the European Communities about the Government of Ireland’s failure to comply with Community law.

    Subject of Complaint: Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997, Ireland, hereafter referred to as the ‘Act’.  Salmon Watch Ireland has launched a Complaint to the Commission of European Communities. This complaint focuses on Sections of the Fisheries Act 1997 which permits the continuation of salmon farm licences which have expired. This is certainly a situation whereby the provisions of the Habitats Directive and Environmental Impact Assessment Directive are not being applied by the Irish state and as such are in contravention of both Directives. The issue of access to justice without prohibitive cost is also being not applied and should be properly transposed into the Fisheries Act.   Application of S. 19 (4), of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997, Ireland. (The impugned section of the act permits the indefinite operation of marine open cage salmon farms, with expired licenses, pending licence renewal and thereby avoiding the application of the provisions of the Habitats Directive and the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive).    2.Non-Transposition of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive 85/337/EEC 2011//92/EU.   (The Act has not been amended to transpose Article 11 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive; 85/337/EEC – 2011//92/EU, i.e. Arhus Convention Rights to information, participation, and access to justice without prohibitive cost in environmental decision making). The full text of the complaint is available here Complaint Text


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  • Annual General Meeting Salmon Watch Ireland 28th March – Cancellation

    The Annual General Meeting of Salmon Watch Ireland which was due to be held on Saturday 28th March in the Maldron Hotel,Portlaoise has been postponed until further notice. We will notify you of the revised date for the AGM in due course and will be guided by the advice on meetings/gatherings from Government in that regard. Secretary Salmon Watch Ireland 20 March 2020    


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    Deenish Island – High Court Case 28th January

    A very significant High Court Case involving MOWI (Marine Harvest) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine takes place in Dublin commencing on the 28th January 2020. The case is being taken by MOWI against the Department to overturn the decision to discontinue the statutory entitlement of Silver King Seafoods Ltd. (a wholly owned Company of Comhlucht Iascaireachta Fanad Teoranta (MOWI Ireland)) to continue aquaculture operations under the provisions of Section 19(A)4 of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act Here under is a link to the submissions as presented to the Department and ALAB regarding our investigations into breaches of the licence. The information was harvested from the Department through Access to Environmental Information Legislation. https://salmonwatchireland.ie/…/deenish-island-salmon-watc…/ https://salmonwatchireland.ie/…/deenish-island-contradicto…/


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  • Artifishal – Patagonia Full Film

    This film demonstrates how man through his interference with natural processes has greatly affected wild fish. Dams, fish farming and hatcheries have all had a devastating effect on wild salmon returns. Please watch and learn. You cannot replace wild fish. Artifishal Film - Full


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  • Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICW)- Interesting concept to improve water quality

    The following water treatment and nutrient removal wetland concept has a potentially vital role to play in salmonid catchments. It could prove a viable option for the mine drainage affected Avoca River. Intensification of agriculture should only be considered if water quality both ground and surface can be guaranteed. This naturally constructed wetland may be a step in the right direction and should be part of all threatened catchments where water quality is impacted. ICW - Water Treatment - Nutrient Removal


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  • Atlantic salmon – A resource in decline

    Salmon Watch Ireland has highlighted, since it's inception in 2004, the alarming decline of Atlantic salmon and sea trout in Ireland. Ireland's Atlantic Salmon resource is rapidly declining from the historic adult runs of up to 2 million fish in the 1970's to less than 250 thousand fish now reaching our shores.We are dedicated to the conservation of Atlantic salmon and Sea trout in Ireland and will endeavor to shape government policy to protect this iconic species. Atlantic salmon and sea trout: A resource declining https://youtu.be/ArUiOiIIaZ0


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  • Pink Salmon: Non-Native Fish Species Alert

    Inland Fisheries Ireland has appealed to anglers and the general public to remain vigilant and report the presence of any Pacific pink salmon in Irish river systems. To date,…


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  • Urgent Crayfish Plague (Disease)

    Salmon Watch Ireland would like to draw all interested parties attention to the very serious situation regarding native crayfish stocks in Ireland. This plague (disease) is a very serious…


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  • Marine Harvest – Smolts or Not

    Smolt overstocking by Marine Harvest Hereunder find documentation regarding the gross over…


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  • Presentation: SWIRL Conference by Inland Fisheries Ireland

    The presentation by Inland Fisheries Ireland demonstrates the stock levels as they exist today. Unfortunately there has been a steady decline in…


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