The proposed industrial fish farm at Trafrask, Adrigole, involves the installation of a series of 12 giant circular cages about 128 metres in circumference, 12 in number, occupying a seabed area of 106 acres ( 42.4 ha) equivalent to. The cages would be serviced by a permanently installed industrial barge. The feed barge height is 8.1 metres above waterline loaded, and 9.2metres in height unloaded, and it will be lit at night by underwater lighting. Diesel generators would run day and night, there would be underwater lighting in winter and probably the operators propose to apply for a licence to shoot the local seals as practiced in Scotland?
Bantry Bay is a totally unsuitable location to develop a large-scale salmon farm. Long time ago Bantry Bay was famous for all kind of fish and others like crabs, lobsters, scallops and an abundance of other marine life. This was drasticly ended by a disaster with the oil terminal which killed many people and nearly all marine live in the bay and created big damage to the total environment. Since then the balanced natural environment was carefully built up and is reaching a good state for seals and the mussel-industry as well as for fishing on fish as mackerel. Recovery is endangered by the industrial scale Salmon Farm in Bantry Bay.
Roughly 10 years ago the mussel industry, economically important to many people in the bay area, was in real danger because of using blue barrels from Scotland. Those barrels had been used before for the transport of poisonous formaldehyde. Most of the barrels still had such formaldehyde in it which was leaked into the bay and taken by the mussels. Finally the regulation about using barrels was changed and the mussel industry survived this crisis. Now the mussel industry is on the brink to be heavily damaged by this big scale Salmon Farm as experienced in many other places around the world. The mussels will take in the poisonous medicines against sea lice and will not be consumable anymore. In the worst case they will die.
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