Norway has a mechanical seaweed harvesting industry, this group highlights the problems with this industry. http://stopptt.com/about-us/
Bioatlantis plans to expand by 25% a year and the Bantry Bay harvest site's are a test run for the possible expansion of this industry to the rest of the coastline.
Environmental impact assessment of certain public and private projects is regulated by the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (Directive 2011/92/EU) which provides that Member States must ensure that, before development consent is given, projects likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue, inter alia, of their nature, size or location are made subject to an assessment of the environmental effects. These projects are defined in Article 4 which refers to Annex I and II of the Directive. Harvesting of kelp forest is, however, not a project listed in these Annexes.
There was no public consultation for this licence application and the only notice published in a local paper failed to mention the species of seaweed to be harvested, the total area of their foreshore licence and that it was to be mechanically harvested.http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default ... star_0.pdfhttp://greennews.ie/wp3/wp-content/uplo ... -sites.jpg
Some of the selected harvest site's are popular signposted shore angling sites.
Harvesting is also to take place each side of the outer harbour of two river's containing Salmon, Seatrout and freshwater Mussels. One site boundary (site C 100ha) is less than 1000m from the mouth of one river. The Adrigole river which is in between two site's (site C 100ha and site D 183ha) is catch and release for Salmon and Seatrout over 40cm to protect the declining stocks of Salmonids.