Is Marine Harvest seducing our children?

Marine Harvest local management wrote to the Principals of the National Schools in the Beara and Bantry area this week. They are offering the schools participation in a competition to find the name for the new work boat offering a prize of 100 Euro for the winning pupils and 900 Euro for the winning school. Read thorugh this letter here and make up your mind.

Looks like the famous carrot — with the stick definitely to follow. Does Marine Harvest think our children and our teachers are the donkeys in the game — easily to seduce with a couple of hundert Euros only to be on their side and to welcome a new salmon farm at Adrigole in Banty Bay with a great “Hee-Haw“?  We may prove them wrong.

Ask your principal what she/he thinks!

Read the letter by clicking on the image:

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9 thoughts on “Is Marine Harvest seducing our children?

  1. disgusting! hard to believe… a sponsored festival for the adults last and this year, and now money for the children.

    what else? some suggestions for effective brain wash?

    free whiskey with eat-as-many-as-you-want salmon steaks for the men.

    free anti-wrinkle bodylotions with genuine fishoils for the women.

    free rides on inflatable plastic salmons through bantry bay for the toddlers?

    free omega-3-supplements for teenage students? anything else?

  2. According to http://www.itic.ie, the Irish tourism industry “generated almost €4.7 billion in revenues in 2010, of which €3.4 billion came from overseas. It provides employment to some 180,000 people and delivers €1.3 billion in tax. The industry is particularly important as a source of employment and purchaser of goods and services in areas of the country where there is little activity in other sectors.”

    The jobs mentioned in the Marine Harvest letter are nothing by comparison, and it is really not worth destroying a larger number of existing jobs in the fishing and tourist industry and jeopardizing potential growth in these sectors by allowing an industrial-scale fish farm to pollute (visually as well as chemically) the waters of Bantry Bay.

    Fáilte Ireland has targeted a number of strategic areas as potential growth areas worth investing in, including:
    ➢ Cultural tourism: a significant growth area worldwide, which has had an estimated value to the Irish economy of over €5 billion annually.
    ➢ Sustainable/eco tourism (also called agri, agro and rural tourism): a real global growth area.
    ➢ Adventure tourism.
    ➢ Sports tourism and leisure pursuits/amenities: walking, hill walking, cruising, angling, golf, cycling, equestrian.
    ➢ Spa and wellness/well-being activities.

    The proposed fish farm development would be contrary to these goals of sustainable/eco tourism (in a polluted environment?), adventure tourism (the Bay will be blocked for other users), leisure pursuits such as angling etc.

    According to Fáilte Ireland statistics for 2010, an estimated 123,000 overseas visitors engaged in angling while in Ireland in 2010 and almost 700,000 overseas visitors went hiking/cross-country walking, more than a third of whom stated that walking was an important factor in their choice of Ireland as a holiday destination. These tourists come to Ireland because it is beautiful and wild and unspoiled, not to see large-scale commercial ventures that will hamper them in their choice activities.

    I hope the school principals will not allow our children to be brainwashed for a paltry prize money, at the expense of our children’s own future. It is a scandal to use innocent children and to start the process of indoctrination that early! This kind of “targeting” of school children is not ethical, is it at all allowed? Can we lodge a protest at the department of education or with the minister?

    Some schools seem to have a policy (at least an unofficial one) of not disseminating any such “advertising” material or entering competitions that have such a blatantly “commercial” purpose, but in this time of budget cuts, the prize might prove too tempting to some… If the teachers/principals do allow their schools to enter this kind of competition, they should – in the interest of fairness – also show the documentary film “Salmonopoly”!

  3. Question, Where do the PCB’s and PFO’s that are 5-10 fold increased in Organic Farmed Salmon, that inters the womb, that inters the fetus that causes brain damage in the newborn, come from ? From the churning of the plastics againt the shore line,the plastics dumped there by the people who dye the salmon and sell it as organic.
    Look up “PCB;s and autism in laboratory animals”
    Where is Mooney’s Money when you need it ?

  4. Are the Save Bantry Bay Committee also going to write to Principals in Bantry and Beara with the counter-argument of why salmon farming is damaging not only to eco system but to the future jobs of these same children, their health etc, etc so the Principals can make an informed decision before accepting this bribe?

  5. The Save Bantry Bay group have emailed schools in Beara and Bantry. The text of the letter is below:

    Dear Head Teacher,

    Re: Marine Harvest boat naming competition

    We understand your pupils have recently been invited by Marine Harvest / SilverKing Seafoods Ltd to enter a boat naming competition. We recognise a prize of €900 for the winning school, and €100 for the winning pupil is very appealing, and fully respect your need for funding. In this regard we wish you the very best of luck.

    However, we also ask that you consider the wider context of this competition, and perhaps discuss this with pupils who wish to enter. As always, there are two sides to every story!

    Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) have recently submitted an application for a very large salmon farm in Shot Head, Adrigole, Beara. Sadly no public consultation within local communities took place regarding the proposal. This is despite their corporate social responsibility statement which claims:

    “We take initiatives to develop positive relationships in the communities. These include nature conservation programmes, environmental initiatives, community projects and the sponsorship of local sports and cultural events. Our local management is encouraged to give attention to the views of local communities and engage in dialogues to find mutually beneficial or acceptable solutions to any concerns that are raised with respect to the activities of Marine Harvest.”

    In fact, many peoples income depends on activities that would be put in jeopardy by the positioning of this particular salmon farm and there are very serious scientific concerns about the impact on the environment in this location.

    We, as a group, are not against all salmon farming, we just wish it to be conducted in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. For further information about our concerns regarding this particular salmon farm, you can look our website http://www.savebantrybay.orgor look at today’s article in the Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0229/1224312524640.html

    Please do not to let the prize money sway your pupil’s opinion without them considering the pros and cons of this salmon farm. Instead, help your pupils think critically and form their own judgment using the above information.

    Yours sincerely

    Kieran O’Shea,
    Chairperson,
    Save Bantry Bay
    http://www.savebantrybay.org

  6. The Save Bantry Bay group have contacted all heads. The text of the letter is below:

    Dear Head Teacher,

    Re: Marine Harvest boat naming competition

    We understand your pupils have recently been invited by Marine Harvest / SilverKing Seafoods Ltd to enter a boat naming competition. We recognise a prize of €900 for the winning school, and €100 for the winning pupil is very appealing, and fully respect your need for funding. In this regard we wish you the very best of luck.

    However, we also ask that you consider the wider context of this competition, and perhaps discuss this with pupils who wish to enter. As always, there are two sides to every story!

    Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) have recently submitted an application for a very large salmon farm in Shot Head, Adrigole, Beara. Sadly no public consultation within local communities took place regarding the proposal. This is despite their corporate social responsibility statement which claims:

    “We take initiatives to develop positive relationships in the communities. These include nature conservation programmes, environmental initiatives, community projects and the sponsorship of local sports and cultural events. Our local management is encouraged to give attention to the views of local communities and engage in dialogues to find mutually beneficial or acceptable solutions to any concerns that are raised with respect to the activities of Marine Harvest.”

    In fact, many peoples income depends on activities that would be put in jeopardy by the positioning of this particular salmon farm and there are very serious scientific concerns about the impact on the environment in this location.

    We, as a group, are not against all salmon farming, we just wish it to be conducted in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. For further information about our concerns regarding this particular salmon farm, you can look our website http://www.savebantrybay.orgor look at today’s article in the Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0229/1224312524640.html

    Please do not to let the prize money sway your pupil’s opinion without them considering the pros and cons of this salmon farm. Instead, help your pupils think critically and form their own judgment using the above information.

    Yours sincerely

    Kieran O’Shea,
    Chairperson,
    Save Bantry Bay
    http://www.savebantrybay.org

  7. My children, when I asked them for ideas, made the following suggestions: Titanic II, Death Star, Jaws of Death, … more of the same, but otherwise they do not seem interested in taking part in the MH boat-naming competition.

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