Inland Fisheries wants freeze on new salmon farms

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has said proposals for new salmon fish farms in Galway, Donegal and Mayo should be put on hold.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has said proposals for new salmon fish farms in Galway, Donegal and Mayo should be put on hold.

The statutory body responsible for the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource released a statement on Friday expressing concerns about the impact of new fish farms on the stock of wild trout and salmon.

The IFI said: “Ireland’s reputation as a pristine wild fishery destination must be safeguarded....No further applications should be progressed until all stakeholders are satisfied that the current proposal is sustainable and has no adverse impact on wild salmon and sea trout stocks.”