The proposed application is for a certified organic finfish farm with an average biennial output of 4,000 tonnes. The farm will be composed of one production unit close to Inishdalla which is an uninhabited small island south east of Inishturk.
The Inishdalla project has the potential to create 50 direct and 25 indirect jobs, in both high and low tech areas.
In order to inform the site selection process a number of studies are being completed by BIM and technical experts; these include a market analysis, heritage and archaeology, seabed mapping, seabed habitat sampling, current and wave investigations, local consultation, visual assessment and a marine mammal study.
BIM does not intend to be the farm operator, but will retain ownership of the licence and offer it through a franchise agreement to a suitable operator. As a franchise manager, BIM will retain the licence for the State but will, through the franchise agreement, be able to carefully select the operator.
BIM will build elements into the commercial contract with the operator that go beyond those required under the strict terms and conditions of a standard Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine aquaculture licence. Thus, such issues as local community support programmes, local employment and training policies, extra environmental monitoring and compliance with other standards over and above the normal performance requirements can be built into the franchise agreement.
Further, this suite of contractually binding safeguards will ensure that the site is quickly developed up to its planned capacity, generating the maximum return to the local island community and the State in terms of job creation, raw material supply to processing, providing a significant boost to the seafood export trade while ensuring environmental protection.
BIM have issued a scoping letter to key stakeholders. Read the Inishturk Scoping Letter (pdf 301Kb) The purpose of this letter is to provide information on the proposed application and to ask identified stakeholders with specialised local and technical knowledge if they feel there are any other topics or areas that need to be covered in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which we will conduct and present in support of the application. Responses to scoping must be received by BIM on or before 15 June 2015.
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