New report recommends review into aquaculture licensing system

A new report has recommended an independent review be carried out into the aquaculture licensing system here.

The Irish Farmers Association President Joe Healy has welcomed the publication of the report today by the Independent Aquaculture Licence Review Committee (IALRC) which was set up under FoodWise 2025 by Minister Creed to address the serious delays and flaws in the aquaculture licencing system managed by his Department.

Over 400 people are employed within the aquaculture industry here in the North West region alone.

Richie Flynn, The IFA’s Aquaculture Chairperson says that producers are waiting ten years in some cases to get a licence.

He says there is huge potential for this sector if these issues are sorted out.

He’s now calling on the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to waste no time in ensuring that a strategy is now implemented to ensure that changes to the system takes place: