Letters to the Editor: Salmon farms in open-net cages should be phased out


EDITOR – A recent ‘science-based’ report by 13 relevant Norwegian scientists of the Norwegian Scientific Advisory Committee for Atlantic Salmon, found that the main cause of the decline in the number of wild Atlantic salmon returning to Norwegian rivers is adverse effects of salmon farming. This committee is appointed by the Norwegian Environment Agency to annually assess the state of wild Atlantic salmon in Norway.

The main findings of the report indicate that: “The reasons for the decline of Atlantic salmon are the impacts of human activities combined with a large-scale decline in survival at sea. The largest population declines are observed in the west and south. central Norway, and the negative impacts of salmon farming have contributed to this. Escaped farmed salmon, salmon lice and infections from salmon farming are the greatest anthropogenic threats to Norwegian wild salmon. Current mitigation measures are insufficient to stabilize and reduce these threats. ‘

He also states: “In terms of population reduction, the same four impacts were the most severe, but salmon lice had the most negative impact, followed by escaped farmed salmon, production of salmon. hydropower and other habitat modifications. In addition to reducing population size, escaped farmed salmon also genetically modify wild populations. ‘

He continues: “Climate change is having a negative impact on Atlantic salmon populations. Climate change increases the need to reduce the impacts of other threats to support the ability of Atlantic salmon to adapt to changing environments.

This recent “science-based” report which is based on past and present scientific research proves beyond a reasonable doubt that salmon farming is having a detrimental effect on wild Atlantic salmon stocks.

Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages (GBASC) is now calling on Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue that in light of the findings of this “science-based” Norwegian report, he should now order a moratorium on all new and renewal applications for salmon farming licenses and to phase out all existing net cage salmon farms in Irish waters.

Billy Smyth,

President, Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages,

Shantalla, Galway.

Keep up the good work (recycling)

EDITOR – We used to dream of a white Christmas, but now a green Christmas dominates our thoughts. In Ireland, we are expected to generate 95,000 tonnes of packaging waste over Christmas and New Years, so not only is Christmas the most wonderful time of the year, but also the most wonderful time of the year. recycling bins are at their maximum.

To ensure Ireland meets its future recycling targets under the EU’s Circular Economy Package, we encourage everyone to educate themselves on how to reduce, reuse and recycle more and better.

As of September, all plastics can go to the recycling bin, so common items such as bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, bread wrappers, and chocolate and cookie trays can all fit in the bin. recycling at Christmas and New Years.

The effects of the pandemic have had an impact on how people choose to buy gifts again this year, but the packaging waste generated by online sales will create a large influx of materials for operators to process. of waste.

While some online retailers leave their packaging waste in the Irish market without contributing to the cost of recycling, over 3,500 of our members are fulfilling their obligations to recycle the packaging they place in the Irish market and are also helping to fund household recycling bins, bottle banks and Approvals.

At Christmas and New Years, we ask the Irish public to be more environmentally conscious and to dispose of their packaging waste responsibly.

Currently in Ireland, we exceed the EU plastic recycling target of 22.5%, but meeting the plastic recycling targets of 50% by 2025 and 55% by 2030 will require a concerted effort to everyone in Ireland.

We’re fine, but we have to keep up the good work.

Thank you and happy new year,

Séamus Clancy,

General manager


Mount Bally,

Dublin 22.

Living under a brutal diet

EDITOR – As someone who lived in Afghanistan under Taliban “rule” (1998/99) – allow me to salute your recent editorial on the hardships faced by the Afghan people under the Taliban rule. News appears on TV, radio, newspapers and disappears from topics of interest – however, for people forced to live in affected areas, life must go on.

The Taliban in particular are brutal elements, who believe that their particular religious beliefs allow them to murder, pillage, pillage and rape at will. Unless you have personal experience, I would say it is impossible to understand the suffering of the Afghan people today.

Many will be aware that women cannot be educated or work. But there are now many other challenges for the Afghans.

Well done to the various aid agencies trying to help people in these difficult times.

And well done to The south star for continuing to shed light on the plight of the unfortunate Afghan people.

Michel A Moriarty,




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