Locals in West Cork raise serious concerns over kelp harvesting project
Locals in West Cork have raised concerns about a project that they claim could result in an ecological disaster.
The Protect our Native Kelp Forest Group in Bantry Bay are calling on Minister Simon Coveney to reverse a decision to grant a licence to a biotechnology company, to mechanically harvest almost 2,000 acres of a native seaweed forest.
A 10 year trial licence to cut the large brown seaweed was granted by the Department of Planning to company BioAtlantis in 2010, and work is due to begin in the coming months.
Over 3,000 people have signed a petition to reverse the decision, saying marine life along the shorelines of the Beara and Sheep’s Head peninsula will be adversly affected.
However BioAtlantis said the project fully complies with all Marine Institute regulations and will create 58 jobs locally.
Speaking to RedFM News Deirdre Fitzgerald from the Bantry Bay group says the planning must be halted to allow a review to take place:
More from Cork
Michelle O'Neill running in vice-leadership race of Sinn Féin
Nominations opened at 9am this morning in the race to become Mary Lou McDonald's deputy.
Emergency services responding to a fatal collision in East Cork
The road traffic incident on the N25 involved two cars and a lorry.
Government to support businesses hit by Brexit
The government has secured the funds for a €300m loan scheme to help businesses hit by Brexit.
Trade traffic is up at the port of Cork and Bantry Bay port
The ports have seen a combined increase of 8.6% in trade traffic reaching 10.3 million tonnes for 2017.
Around 1000 local authority mortgages should be given out this year
They're part of a new Government scheme.
Calls for pay equalisation in the public sector to boost recruitment
Since 2011 new Gardai teachers and other public servants have started on lowers salaries than existing staff.