Ireland: First aquaculture map in six years – Fishupdate.com

Ireland: First aquaculture map in six years Published:  18 May, 2007

THE seventh edition of the Irish Aquaculture Map has been released by La Tene Maps. This completely redesigned map is the first aquaculture map produced by the company in six years and replaces a map produced in 2001.

The Irish Aquaculture Map is packed with information. It covers both

Northern and Southern Ireland in a large full colour sheet (700 x 100mm).

The map shows who is cultivating finfish and shellfish and where they are doing it. Finfish species covered includes salmon, trout, cod, char, perch coarse fish and ornamentals. On the shellfish side, the map covers oysters, mussels, scallops, clams, abalone, sea urchin and freshwater crayfish. Seaweed and Seahorses are also covered.

All these are shown by a unique set of symbols developed over the years to indicate species as well as site type – marine farm or onshore hatchery being examples. Beside each symbol is the

site operators name. A new feature on this map is the boundaries of the new River Basin Districts, which are important for the EU Water Framework Directive as these River Basin Districts have an estuarine and coastal component.

The printed map is available free to Irish aquaculture operators. It is available from La Tene maps and Bord Iascaigh Mhara.

John Coleman, Chief Executive of La Tene Maps speaking on the release of the new Irish aquaculture map said: “I am really pleased to see this map out as it shows there is confidence in the industry again, otherwise we would not have been able to secure the industry backing to produce the map. Also, there is a generation out wortking in the industry that may have never seen the map before. It is 21 years ago since we published our first aquaculture map on Ireland and it is fitting that the new Irish map be the first in a series of revised and renewed aquaculture maps covering salmonid growing and

fish farming areas.

“La Tene Maps has produced a series of Aquaculture maps covering Ireland, Britain, Norway, Faeroes & Iceland, Canada, Chile,

Australia, Greece and Western Turkey, SE. Europe, The Mediterranean and Central Mediterranean areas over the past 21 years. A new map on Chile should be available shortly.” He went on to state: “With the new Irish Aquaculture Map, I have tried to show what is happening on the ground as opposed to showing licences. So, if you compare the 2001 map and the 2007 version, you will see that there are definitely fewer operators shown. This is more pronounced on the shellfish side of the industry.

“Possible reasons for this include some licence holders selling out to other operators as well as those moving out of the industry to better paying jobs associated with the growth of the Celtic Tiger.

“Nevertheless, aquaculture remains a significant industry in coastal areas and provides employment in remote areas where there are few alternatives for work,” he concluded.

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