IFA Aquaculture representatives of the fish and shellfish farming industries in Ireland are demanding action on behalf of their members. At a high level meeting with the local government in Dublin, the Department of Environment the IFA highlighted the issues and problems that their members were facing due to lack of action on releasing the conservation objectives.
Bays were designated under the EU Habitats Directive more than 10 years ago, and the businesses that were working in these bays were assessed and basically a list of conservation objectives were to be drawn up and put in place. However, this has not happened causing these aquaculture business to stagnate. Until these conservation objectives have been published jobs will not develop and businesses will not be able to grow and develop. Read more..