Irish government refuses release of salmon farm disease info


Irish govt’s refusal to release fish disease information may be investigated

By Undercurrent News Jan. 11, 2018

A decision by the Irish department of agriculture and the marine not to release documents relating to fish diseases in Irish salmon farms may be investigated by the Oireachtas petitions committee, Irish Times reported.

Set up in 2015, the Oireachtas petitions committee examines requests from members of the public. In this case the Boycott Farmed Salmon campaign has claimed the documents should be released.

The request for the committee to examine the government’s decision follows the refusal of the department of agriculture and the marine to release records relating to fish diseases at salmon farms.

In response to parliamentary questions last November, it emerged that 41 outbreaks of disease on salmon farms have been notified to the department in the last two years.

In a separate parliamentary reply, minister for agriculture and the marine Michael Creed said extensive mortalities at one fish farm were due to cardiomyopathy syndrome, a severe viral cardiac disease.