The Irish coastline boasts an array of diverse marine species and habitats. At the same time this marine environment is a fragile ecosystem which is highly vulnerable to threats and changes. As such, it must be protected. However, aquaculture may result in a number of adverse impacts to this sensitive environment, through the accumulation of waste, alteration of nutrient balances, transmission of diseases to wild fish populations and reduction of the gene pool of aquaculture stocks breeding with wild populations. Serious consideration of the viability and sustainability of such a plan is necessary.
The Environmental Pillar has outlined in the submission below, its views regarding the proposed strategic plan for aquaculture development, highlighting the main environmental concerns associated with it, along with its vision for future implementation of such a plan. Follow the link below to see the full submission.Click here to view the submission