THE West Cork-based environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) have objected to the grant of a license for oyster cultivation in Adrigole Bay on the Beara Peninsula, claiming the constructions would “strangle” the bay. The group says that they were contacted by residents from the area who were concerned that their traditional use, from picking winkles to swimming, sailing, and kayaking, would be curtailed by the proposal.
Anne Marie Cronin would like to thank all those who visited and all those who helped in any way with organising the event and on the day, thanks to Helen and Seamus for their help and premises.
CORK South West Senator Denis O’Donovan has called on the Government to support a Fianna Fáil Bill which aims to radically de-criminalise minor fishery offences by Irish sea fishing vessels. The Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Bill will be debated tin the Seanad and Senator O’Donovan has called on the Government to support the Bill.
THE European Commission is to reopen the EU investigation into salmon and sea lice closed in September of 2012. The investigation was prompted by submissions from Salmon Watch Ireland and West Cork-based Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) to the Commission in 2009. The closure of the investigation without the “express views” of Inland Fisheries Ireland which the Department of Agriculture denied it held led to a series of
At a recent meeting of the Western Committee of Cork County Council held Clonakilty the matter of water supply and wastewater discharge in Castletownbere was raised by Cllr Jerry Sullivan. Cllr Sullivan queried the reason for the delay in progressing the wastewater treatment works, the cost involved and the timeframe for such works. In a written reply Cork County Council said, “A review for this project has been
Environmentalists claim losses show economic failure of open cage salmon farming. MARINE Harvest, the Norwegian company who produce 80% of Ireland’s farmed salmon, have reported production down by 36% with exceptional loses of €4 million for 2013 Q3. Overall, the company posted loses of €2.7 million for the quarter, the only Marine Harvest operation internationally to report loses.
THE Office of the Ombudsman is to extend their investigation into the Irish handling of the EU sea lice investigation to the Department of Foreign Affairs. The move follows on from last month’s announcement that their offices were to conduct a preliminary investigation into the Department of Agriculture’s actions during the EU investigation in salmon farms and sea lice’s impact on wild salmon.
AT a recent meeting of the Bantry and Skibbereen area roads which was held in Bantry Cllr Jerry Sullivan put forward the following notice of motion (That this council would undertake a safety review of all approaches to Adrigole Bridge). As a result an examination was undertaken by a senior engineer from Cork County Council and the following recommendations were made:
THE 2013 Rose of Tralee, Haley O’Sullivan is set to visit her ancestral home of Bere Island, West Cork on Sunday 13th October 2013. This will be Haley’s first visit since being crowned the Rose. Representing Texas, Haley won the prestigious competition in Tralee in August, becoming the 55th Rose of Tralee.
THE Beara Historical Society’s first talk of the winter season promises to be most interesting and entertaining. “Not in my own county” is an account of the last journey of Michael Collins through his native West Cork on the day he was shot in August 1922.