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Petitioning Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and 1 other

Withdraw planning for Oyster Beds at Linsfort Beach


A once beautiful beach on Ireland's scenic Wild Atlantic Way is being ruined by oyster farming. A ten year licence has been granted for 42 acres of oyster beds and the beach which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is being destroyed.

This unspoilt sandy beach has already been turned into an eyesore with lines of unsightly metal cages. The beach is now practically unusable by the local community and public who have for years walked along the shore and enjoyed recreational activities on the beach during the summer months.

As unsightly as the metal cages are at low tide they are also unmarked at high tide when submerged just below the surface and and present a real safety hazard to children, swimmers, kayakers, boats and local wildlife.

Environmental impact studies suggest that the use of non-native species (pacific oysters) for aquaculture purposes is of significant concern. Pacific oysters can overgrow resident species and affect their growth and cause widespread environmental changes that threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

Please help the local community to save Linsfort Beach and have the planning withdrawn and our beach restored to its former beauty.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    Simon Coveney TD

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