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Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board

Kilminchy Court
Dublin Road
Portlaoise
Co. Laois R32 DTW5
Tel: (057) 8631912
Email: info@alab.ie

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

ALAB'S PUBLIC OFFICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AT PRESENT, HOWEVER, YOU CAN CONTINUE

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 Update re AP2/1-14/2015 Shot Head - 24 September 2020

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF AN APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENT as referred to in Article 6(3) of Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora IN CONNECTION WITH APPEALS OF AN APPLICATION FOR AN AQUACULTURE LICENCE UNDER THE FISHERIES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 1997 (NO. 23)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board is determining appeals (references AP2/1-14/2015) against the decision by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to grant an Aquaculture Licence to Bradán Fanad Teoranta t/a Mowi Ireland (formerly trading as Marine Harvest Ireland), Kindrum, Fanad, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal for the cultivation of Atlantic Salmon; Salmo salar on a site (numbered T5/555A) in Bantry Bay, Co. Cork.

Pursuant to Regulation 42(8) of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 as amended, the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board determined that an Appropriate Assessment, as referred to in Article 6(3) of Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (as amended), is required for the project the subject of these appeals for the reasons set out below.

Independent Appropriate Assessment screening commissioned by the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board concluded that, based on a preliminary assessment and objective criteria, it is not possible to rule out potential significant adverse impacts resulting from the installation of the proposed salmon farm in respect of selected nearby Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and their associated bird species of conservation interest (SCI). The specific SCIs and SPAs of concern are: Fulmar (Beara Peninsula SPA, Iveragh Peninsula SPA, Deenish Island and Scariff Island SPA), Gannet (The Bull and The Cow Rocks SPA and Skelligs SPA) and Guillemot (Iveragh Peninsula SPA). The Appropriate Assessment screening report determined that:

 

  1. the proposed development of aquaculture sites within Bantry Bay will result in the loss of 42.5 hectares of inshore habitat that could potentially be used by the abovementioned SCIs for feeding, and
  2. cumulative impacts have been identified that may, in combination with the above development, exacerbate further the impacts on the SCIs. They include additional fish farms in the area (elsewhere in Bantry Bay) and associated levels of disturbance.

The Applicant provided a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) to the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board in July 2020.

The Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board commissioned a report for purposes of its Appropriate Assessment which was completed on 11 September 2020.

The NIS and the report will be taken into account by the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board in carrying out its Appropriate Assessment.

Pursuant to Regulation 42(13) of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 as amended, the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board HEREBY INVITES the opinion of the general public for the purposes of conducting its Appropriate Assessment. For that purpose, the following documents are now available on the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board website, www.alab.ie at the following link:

http://www.alab.ie/boarddeterminations/2015/scheduleofdocuments/

 

  1. The Natura Impact Statement provided to the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board in July 2020.
  2. The report commissioned by the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board for purposes of its Appropriate Assessment which was completed on 11 September 2020

Hard copies of the above documents are available on request by contacting: The Secretary, Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board, Kilminchy Court, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois. R32 DTW5. Email: info@alab.ie. Phone: 0578631912   

The documents relating to the appeals generally are available on the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board website: http://www.alab.ie/boarddeterminations/2015/scheduleofdocuments/

Any person may make written submissions or observations to Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board in relation to its Appropriate Assessment. Any such submissions or observations should be furnished to The Secretary, Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board, Kilminchy Court, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois. R32 DTW5, or by email to info@alab.ie on or before Monday 16 November 2020.

All submissions or observations received on foot of public notice procedures will be made available to the Applicant for comment and will also be made generally available for inspection by the public.

Please note that if any such submissions or observations are not received on or before the date specified above the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board may, without further notice, complete its Appropriate Assessment and determine the appeals.

 

Time Extensions

Pursuant to Section 56(3) of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997, the Board has extended the time for determination of the following Appeals and notified all parties of its intention to determine them by the following dates

Appeal

Extended to

Updated

Castlemaine Harbour

31 March 2021 

September 2020

AP2-3/2019 Trawbreaga

31 October 2020 

April 2020

AP 57-69/2019 Trawbreaga

31 October 2020 

April 2020 

AP1,2,19 & 20/2020 Trawbreaga

 31 October 2020

April 2020 

AP6/1-2/2018 Dunmanus Bay

31 December 2020 

February 2020  

AP1/2019 Deenish

31 December 2020 

April 2020  

AP34-48/2019 Wexford Harbour

31 December 2020 

February 2020  

AP5-9/2019 Killary Harbour

31 December 2020 

February 2020 

AP11/2019 Shannon Estuary, Clare

31 September 2021 

September 2020  

AP12-18/2019 Kilmakilloge Harbour

31 December 2020 

February 2020  

AP26-31/2019 & AP33/2019 Dungloe Bay

31 December 2020  

February 2020   

AP32, 49, 50, 51/2019 Bantry

31 December 2020  

February 2020    

Crookhaven

31 December 2020   

March 2020    

 Ballyness Bay

31 December 2020   

March 2020   

 AP2/1-14/2015 Shot Head

31 December 2020  

August 2020 

AP1/2017 Braade

31 March 2021 

February 2020  

 

Determinations

Appeal

Determination Date

Updated

AP2-4/2017& AP6/2017 Braade

12 May 2020

May 2020

AP45/2018 Bank Harbour

12 May 2020 

May 2020 

 AP20/2019 Kenmare

3 July 2020 July 2020

 AP19/2019 Kenmare

14 August 2020  August 2020

  AP21/2019 Kenmare Bay

14 August 2020   August 2020

 AP22/2019 Kenmare Bay

14 August 2020   August 2020

 AP23/2019 Kenmare Bay

14 August 2020   August 2020

 AP54/2019 Carlingford

14 August 2020   August 2020

 AP55/2019 Carlingford

14 August 2020   August 2020

 AP56/2019 Carlingford

14 August 2020   August 2020

 AP21/2020 Carlingford

14 August 2020   August 2020

 AP22/2020 Carlingford

14 August 2020   August 2020

 AP4/2019 Donegal

14 September 2020  September 2020

 AP10/2019 Shannon Kerry

22 September 2020  September 2020

 

 


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