Bord Iascaigh Mhara withdraws application for Galway Bay fish farm

Project had hoped to create 500 jobs in farming organic salmon

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has decided to withdraw its application for a 15,000 tonne fish farm in Galway Bay.

The project, which aimed to generate 500 jobs in farming organic salmon, had been opposed by angling and environmental groups.

The board says it is reviewing the project in the light of the Government's aquaculture strategy which sets scale limits on fish farm development.

Lorna Siggins

Lorna Siggins

Lorna Siggins is the former western and marine correspondent of The Irish Times