SIR – There is consent in the Save Bantry Bay Committee and among experts about the fact that fish farming should not be done in bays such as Bantry Bay, but by farmers or companies on the land in closed containment systems and not in in the bay, which could destroy the environment and cause health epidemics.
Nobody in Bantry Bay and Ireland wants those salmon farms except Simon Coveney of Fine Gael. Those farms are the wrong fish in the wrong places!
The only way of bringing a lot of jobs and wealth is a big number of fish farms on the land over the whole of Ireland in special closed containment systems and closed buildings in which the water is biologically cleaned and the waste is used as fertilizer on the land for other productions by the same farmers. Further interesting employment for Ireland can be developed with a number of jobs in companies specialising in delivering such installations to the farmers.
This can be organised and regulated the same as the dairy industry did. All this was already done successfully in Holland by one of my own companies that specialised in high-tech developments.
This can also easily be done in Ireland because Ireland is ideal for this and is a much better alternative.
This is the more urgent because we have an increase of unstoppable nuclear radiation in our country.
The same farmers with fish farms can grow their own organic vegetables inside, free from radiation and use the excrements of the fish as fertilizer. All that would be a much better alternative than the industrial waste with the mega salmon farms.
Please come all to protest against the plans from Marine Harvest at a public meeting on Wednesday, March 29th, at 10.00 at the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry.
Save Bantry Bay,