Decision to allow farmed fishing in Lough Swilly challenged in High Court

first_imgA group representing oyster fishermen in Donegal has brought a High Court challenge forward following a decision to allow farmed fishing of foreign oysters in Lough Swilly.The news comes following the sanction of licenses by the Minister for Agriculture that allows the farmed fishing of a species in Lough Swilly known as Pacific Oysters.The action has been brought by the Co Donegal based Lough Swilly Wild Oyster Society Ltd (LSWOS) whose members have been engaged in the fishing of native oysters in Lough Swilly for over 25 years. It fears the lack of proper controls over the farming of oysters in the Lough is an “environmental disaster”.LSWOS claims the farming of these foreign oysters is eroding the natural occurring fishing grounds and are having a detrimental effect on their ability to fish for native species.The aquaculture and foreshores licences at the centre of the actions were granted to Mr Alan O’Sullivan and the Lough Swilly Shellfish Growers Co-Operative Society Ltd.LSWOS says it makes no criticism to make of the proposed licences and says that in principle it has no objections to the granting of properly regulated licences to farm oysters in Lough Swilly.The groups representative, Peter Finlay SC, told the court his clients claim the decisions to award the licences are flawed and should be set aside, on various grounds including the appeals board refusal to grant his client an oral hearing after LSWOS lodged its appeal against the Minister’s decision in 2017 to grant the licences.Counsel said there was a lack of fairness in the manner in the process which the appeals board adopted when considering his client’s appeal. Advertisement In judicial review proceedings, the LSWOS seeks various orders and declarations including an order quashing the decisions of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, as well as the decision by the Aquaculture Licence Appeals Board confirming the Minister’s decision.They also seek a declaration that the decision to grant the licences is in breach of natural and constitutional justice, damages and for a stay to be put on the licences.Permission to bring the challenge was granted on an ex parte basis, by Mr Justice Seamus Noonan.It will come back to court in July. Decision to allow farmed fishing in Lough Swilly challenged in High Court  was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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