Fish farm concerns: SF

Cllr Colum Thompson who is concerned about the fish farm. INBM20-14
Cllr Colum Thompson who is concerned about the fish farm. INBM20-14

Sinn Féin representatives have raised serious concerns about The Northern Salmon Company’s plans to relocate all of its salmon farming operations to Red Bay.

This plan was confirmed after Sinn Féin MLA Oliver Mc Mullan questioned The Fisheries Department at The Assembly where the relocation plan was confirmed.

Mr McMullan was also informed that the relocation by The Northern Salmon Company was to be a temporary measure to allow the sea bed at their Glenarm Bay site to regenerate.

Glens Councillor Colum Thompson said: “Red Bay is one of the most picturesque parts of the Irish Coast and an idyllic location for sea angling and angling tourism. Given the recent information about the sea bed at Glenarm we have major concerns about possible environmental damage at Red Bay. The Minister For The Environment Mark H Durkan must act quickly and carry out a full environmental impact assessment before he allows The Northern Salmon Company to relocate any more salmon cages in Red Bay. “There was a public outcry when these salmon cages were put into Red Bay without any consultation and The Minister must explain why this new information was not made public and why no consultation has taken place with elected representatives or local angling and environmental groups.”