Tuesday November 24, 2020

Fish farms bemoan ‘mad’ licensing process

Around 20,000 tonnes of farmed fish are produced here per year, in Scotland it’s 180,000 tonnes

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

22nd June, 2018
A fish farm and working platform Killary Harbour in North Connemara, County Galway. Photo: Photocall Ireland.

The country’s largest fish farm operator has claimed that the state’s “mad” licensing process is depriving people of badly-needed jobs in coastal areas.

There are over 600 applications for aquaculture licences waiting for up to four years or more to be processed in the Department of Agriculture’s office in Clonakilty. In contrast, the turnaround time is just six months in Norway and a year-and-a-half in Scotland.

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