Friday, November 29, 2013

29/11/13: Peruvian exports; Aran aquaculture on hold

Peruvian aquaculture exports will have reached US$250 million by the end of 2013, according to forecasts from the South American country’s Assoication of Exporters (ADEX). This will mark an explosive growth of over 20 percent on 2012 levels.

Association president Eduardo Amorrotu told press agency Andina that he sees no reason why future production figures can’t be higher still: “We have important areas on the coast, in the lakes and rivers and in the mountains, and in the jungle. All this is a huge potential that we are not using.”
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“Fundamental errors” in risk assessments have stopped a planned Irish salmon farm in its tracks.  The Aran Islands aquaculture facility had been permitted on the basis of three research papers from the Marine Institute in Oranmore, Ireland, which an independent team comprised of Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish scientists flagged up as methodologically suspect in August. EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik has re-opened an investigation on the proposed 1,126 acre site.

Independent MEP for North-West Ireland Marian Harkin has voiced her approval of the developments. “This decision is a significant indication of how the democratic process can be used by NGOs to challenge possible infringements of process,” she said.
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A wild coast on Inishmore, largest of the Aran...
A wild coast on Inishmore, largest of the Aran Islands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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