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Minister Delivers Secure Future for Salmon Farming in South Connemara

IRELAND - The future of salmon farming in South Connemara has received a considerable boost from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, who has approved the assignment of aquaculture licences from five separate operators to Bradn Beo Teoranta, a company established by dars na Gaeltachta to consolidate and revitalise the operation of sustainable salmon farming in the area.

The assignment of the licences took place with the agreement of the former licence holders and follows a lengthy examination of all issues associated with salmon farming in South Connemara by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, dars na Gaeltachta and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Commenting on the assignment Minister Coveney said: "This assignment of licences will consolidate operations in one licence holder and thereby greatly assist in the sustainable development of salmon farming in the area while also ensuring the maximum ongoing protection of the environment. The initiative provides a good example of Government Departments and State Agencies working together to secure a solid future for employment in the aquaculture industry".

Lucy Towers

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