We are concerned people in favour of sustainability, we care for healthy wild life, we are deeply worried about health threats arising from polluted waters – be it in rivers or in the Atlantic ocean. We are friends indeed of the environment of beautiful Bantry Bay. Last but not least: We are parents and we want to hand over this beautiful bay in good order to future generations.

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  1. This is not just a movement started by a couple of hippy blow-ins interfering to preserve Beara in a totally wild state and trying to prevent any kind of development – and jobs! – for the local people.

    A local initiative, chaired by a local businessman, was launched in September 2011 to promote local businesses and cottage industries and to find creative solutions as to how to develop the whole of Beara and create a future for our children here. In collaboration with the West Cork Development Partnership, this initiative developed a vision for our community. Judging from the results of the “Futures Game” played on 10 October 2011 and of the survey completed on the same day, everyone there arrived at the conclusion that if we did not want to see sheep outnumber an aging population in Beara by 2030, we would have to work together at a local level towards a common goal. The survey showed that participants wanted support for local businesses, a feeling of empowerment, opportunities locally and a future for this and the next generation, economic development that is sustainable (focussing mainly on walking and cycling tourism), a thriving living area for all age profiles in a vibrant community… These are the elements of a common vision for our area.

    This vision would at first view appear to be contrary to having a multinational company take over control over the fishing activities in the bay, jeopardizing the livelihood of local fishermen and destroying the basis for the development of tourist activities. It is estimated that the marine leisure sector in Ireland supports 14’500 jobs, compared to the 250 employed by Marine Harvest nationally. It would therefore be necessary to achieve consensus on the proposed fish farm in the area before the application for the proposed fish farm at Trafrask can be granted.

    This is why it is important to sign the petition to keep the application suspended until the local communities have been consulted and decided, in full knowledge of the facts, what would be best for them. I believe it would have been courteous and strategically wiser for the applicant to organize an information meeting of their own to present the project before filing their application, and this kind of transparency would have been much appreciated!

  2. Hello

    I have been fighting off the invasion of Norwegian salmon feedlots for twenty years and mostly losing! Marine Harvest put farms where local people, including the First Nations asked them not to. Government promised to protect these areas and did not. The fish farmers made arrangements with environmental groups and then got these groups to support making the feedlots even bigger. Now we are finding ISA virus in our wild salmon, the fish farmers say it did not come from them, but they won’t let anyone but the level of government that put them here, test their fish. More and more people in Canada are fighting this industry on both coasts. There is a petition from a group in Nova Scotia fighting off 11 new farms: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-open-pen-fish-farming-on-nova-scotias-eastern-shore?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=friends_wall

    There are over 3,000 of us on the Salmon Are Sacred facebook page, our website is salmonaresacred.org. I am a biologist and have co-published many papers on sea lice from salmon feedlots, also on how the industry displaced the northern resident killer whales. I have taken the industry to court several times and led 5,000 people to the legislature in Victoria, British Columbia. But the industry remains even as the price of the product falls to near cost.

    I write a blog on events here: alexandramorton.typepad.com let me know if I can help you.

    alexandra morton

  3. Kris you letter is brilliant. It is also sad that when the 300,000 of our brightest now gone return in 10 or 20 years we will likewise call them “blow-ins” Brendan O’Blowin.

  4. Science says Farmed Salmon is off the Menu!

    Professor Bredesen, MD., director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Programme at UCLA, following 20+ yrs. of research and over 200+ manuscripts, published in reputable, peer reviewed, high impact journals, has shown that Alzheimer’s Disease can be reversed with a cocktail of non-pharmaceutical nutrients, vitamins and some dietary restrictions. Stated clearly in all protocols and restrictions is “NO FARMED FISH”
    Families and caregivers interested in the easy to follow instructions can find them on the web at “Dale E. Bredesen, Reversal of Cognitive Decline: A Novel Therapeutic Program. Aging. September 2014.” These findings have been reproduced at other centres. Tufts University in a similar study used the term “salmon (other than farmed Atlantic)”, in their protocol, which was co-authored by a recent Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn. With copy right permission it should be soon available.
    Before going to more examples as to why organic farmed or farmed salmon is potentially poisonous we need to ask ourselves why we went so far over to the dark side of food production. We are producing a fish that when farmed in pens, vacuums up toxic chemicals, marketing it to our own people and exporting it to other countries, thereby destroying the reputation of Irish food. The real ethical dilemma begins when we recommend it to pregnant mothers, when they could safely and more reliably obtain omega-3 from purified fish oil or better still from krill oil. Ethical deficit is again evident when we mislabel farmed salmon as if it were wild, i.e. “wild caught east Atlantic salmon” , misleading groups of at-risk people, such as people with heart disease, cognitive impairment, autism, cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis and pregnant mothers, who should avoid eating farmed salmon.
    From my vantage point the fish from Irish waters are landed at Castletownbear and immediately trucked to Spain, so where does the fish we eat come from? Through Cork Airport from the Baltic ? So are we really eating Irish seafood?
    Where does Marine Harvest dump the disease-ridden, chemical-laden water from the “well boat,” having used the same water to wash the diseased fish. Since there is no treatment facility in the Castletownbear area, it must be dumped into Bantry Bay. Does Marine Harvest have a licence from the Park Service to haul water from The Tarmac Fleming quarry? Are they paying for this water? Sometimes ship-loads of water twice a day for the last two years? Ask your public representatives.
    Global assessment of organic contaminants in farmed salmon.
    Hites RA1, Foran JA, Carpenter DO, Hamilton MC, Knuth BA, Schwager SJ.

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