Green light for Valen­tia oys­ter farm

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

A WATER­FORD-BASED shell­fish com­pany has re­ceived a li­cence to cul­ti­vate oys­ters in a Valen­tia Har­bour site, the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food and the Ma­rine has told The Ker­ry­man.

The depart­ment granted an aqua­cul­ture and fore­shore li­cence to B.C Shell­fish Ltd of Bal­ly­coe, Dun­gar­van, Water­ford, which will al­low the com­pany to cul­ti­vate pa­cific oys­ters us­ing bags and tres­tles on a six-hectare site at the fore­shore of Bal­ly­car­berry Strand.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged by the com­pany in 2011. The site is lo­cated within a Spe­cial Area of Con­ser­va­tion (SAC), but the ap­pli­ca­tion as­sess­ment con­cluded that the pro­posed works ac­tiv­i­ties are in line with SAC ob­jec­tives. It also con­cluded that the project would ac­com­mo­date pub­lic ac­cess to projects in Valen­tia and that the waters are suit­able for the pro­posal.

An En­vi­ron­ment Im­pact As­sess­ment was car­ried out and con­cluded the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects would not be sig­nif­i­cant.

The Depart­ment added that the pro­posal should have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the econ­omy of the lo­cal area

“No ob­jec­tions were re­ceived as part of the pub­lic and statu­tory process,” a Depart­ment spokesper­son told The Ker­ry­man in re­spect of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“An ap­peal against the de­ci­sion may be made in writ­ing to The Aqua­cul­ture Li­cences Ap­peals Board”.

Pa­cific oys­ter: BC Shell­fish Ltd has been granted per­mis­sion for a farm in Valen­tia Har­bour.

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