The sole aim for the movement is to stop the installation of the proposed huge Salmon Cages in Galway Bay. Should the Government, through the Minister for Agriculture Mr.Simon Coveney, allow the project to go ahead Galway Bay Prawns may be polluted to such an extent as to wipe out all fish life in the Bay or render them unsafe for human consumption.
We could see the end of the famous Galway & Clarinbridge Oyster Festivals; Galway Bay Prawns would disappear from the Menu of Hotels & Restaurants; Shrimp, Crab, Lobster and other shell fish may either be wiped out or rendered unsafe to eat. Boating, both for pleasure & fishing may be severely curtailed.Salmon and Seatrout from all the rivers flowing into Galway Bay - Clare River and Corrib system, Knock River at Furbo, Boluisce River at Spiddal, Owenriff River at Inverin, Crimlin River, Costello & Fermoyle River at Casla and Screebe River may probable be destroyed and their fish stocks destroyed resulting in an end to the much needed Tourism Angling.Galway would probably never again be able to host the Volvo Ocean Race.
With the resultant pollution from those Salmon Cages result in our beaches probably loosing their “Blue Flag Status” and make swimming in the Bay injurious to human health. The simple answer to most, if not all, of the above is yes.