Peter Kinsella wrote:Yes ! Just a risk that BIM may apply for a smaller version of the salmon farm after the election. Smaller could become larger with time. However, good for now.
The rules on salmon farms were changed last year - instead of production tonnage, future licences will be issued using "standing stock biomass", and farms will be limited to 5-7,000 tonnes SSB. However, this is just a way of fudging the numbers to make farms appear smaller, when in fact they are very large production units. SSB is the tonnage of fish on a farm at any given time. It is considerably lower than what the annual production would be, as fish are constantly growing and being harvested. A farm of 7,000t SSB could easily amount to 15,000t annual production. So they will apply for "small" tonnage farms, but in reality they are applying for monster-sized units like the Galway Bay project would have been.