Donegal Bay Silt Dumping Plan Causes Major Concerns

Killybegs harbor, Image source: wikipedia

Aquaculture producers and members of the Irish Farmer Association have expressed concerns over the Government’s proposal to dump almost 100.000 tonnes of fine peaty silt in Donegal bay.

“We are all in favor of coastal economic development and the extension of facilities in Killybegs which require dredging, but the consequences of the Department’s proposals to dump the spoil in a site which was previously associated with fish kills would outweigh the benefits by ruining the livelihoods of oyster, mussel and salmon farmers in the bay,” said Executive of IFA Aquaculture, Richie Flynn.

“The site is too close to our members, too close to Natura 2000 sites and the level of monitoring proposed is totally inadequate, given the scale of the potential losses involved. The models used for dispersion are out of date and most significantly the peaty nature of the silt has not been taken into account.

“This material will drift and spread throughout the bay, potentially causing damage to up to €50 million of our stocks and threatening 150 jobs.”

Richie Flynn said that the EPA must find an alternative site far away from any aquaculture or fishing grounds.

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

Events>

<< Jun 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 1 2

2017 WORLD CANALS CONFERENCE

The conference will also reveal how the Erie Canal, North America’s most important manmade waterway, helped Syracuse transform from…

read more >

SEMINAR ON DREDGING AND RECLAMATION (THE NETHERLANDS)

This five-day course strives to provide an understanding through lectures by experts in the field and workshops, partly conducted on-site…

read more >

2nd International Conference on Coastal Zones

Coastal Zones 2017 is a global platform to discuss and learn about Coastal, Marine and Maritime Engineering, Coastal Zone Management,…

read more >

Port Development West Africa

Join Ministry of Transport, Ghana; Meridian Port Services, Ghana; Ghana Shippers Authority; Nigerian Ports Authority…

read more >

Jobs>

Dredge Masters, Engineers and Superintendent\'s Urgently Required!

Flagship Management is working with a number of leading international marine and dredging organizations and require the following candidates for a range of global projects...

apply

Dredging Consultant

Anthony D Bates Partnership LLP, a leading international dredging consultancy, is looking for a well-educated, professional and confident person to fill an immediate position...

apply

Network Support Engineer

As Network Support Engineer you will be responsible for the installation / configuration, operation and maintenance of the infrastructural....

apply