New initiative undertaken by Údarás to protect the future of salmon farming in Conamara

30 July, 2012

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Údarás na Gaeltachta welcomes the decision today by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, to approve the assignment of aquaculture licences from five separate operators to Bradán Beo Teoranta.

Bradán Beo Teo is a company established by Údarás na Gaeltachta, Maoiniú Mara Teo and Michael Muhr in an effort to consolidate and revitalise the operation of sustainable salmon farming in Cill Chiaráin Bay in south Conamara.

The decision to establish Bradán Beo Teo and apply to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for transfer of licences was endorsed at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Board meeting last June. In recent months An tÚdarás has been working with the fish farm licence holders in South Conamara and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in an effort to protect, develop and ensure the long term survival of organic salmon farming in South Connemara.

Steve Ó Cúláin, CEO of Údarás siad, “There are currently 75 people employed in the aquaculture sector in Conamara in areas of fish farming, processing, packaging and sales. The establishment of Bradán Beo Teo will assist in protecting those jobs and provide for the the sustainable development of salmon farming industry in Cill Chiaráin Bay for the future.

Bradán Beo Teo will be working closely with Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Foras na Mara to ensure the sustainable development of the fish farming sector and ongoing protection of the environment in South Conamara.

Bradán Beo Teo are seeking a General Manager, who will be based in Conamara, Co. Galway.