Enda Craig keeps readers up to date on the latest threat to community life from Irish Water.
Not alone is Irish Water's proposed Sewage Discharge Pipe threatening the Shorewalk, Bathing Waters and Beaches between Moville and Greencastle but also threatens the important local Fishery that exists in the vicinity of the discharge pipe as can be seen in this schematic graphic.
The prime Native Oyster's in the red box (108) were harvested in a single ' tow ' by a local fisherman in Oct .2018 giving the lie to the statement's that this is a dead area and of little consequence to local fishermen.
In truth the opposite is the reality.
Add to that that the pipe will be gouged through a Sea-grass bed, an official Native Oyster bed. an area used for holding harvested Oysters and through an area on the edge of the shipping channel where the various marine species are in plentiful supply.
Local fishermen are at last recognising the threat to their livelihoods and will now let Irish Water and the Lough's Agency ( who seem to be displaying an unacceptable passive role ) that this lunacy will not be tolerated.
Tue 06/08/2019 17:30
As discussed I have had communication from Irish Water by telephone following a series of discussions.
On behalf of Loughs Agency I have raised concerns about Oyster breeding in July / August on the Foyle and the potential for impact from drilling operations.
I also highlighted that concerns had been raised by political representatives, fishermen and others on issues with this operation.
Irish Water have assured me by telephone that the drilling operation will be suspended until they have had an opportunity to evaluate concerns raised.
If you become aware of any further developments please don’t hesitate to contact me.
John McCartney BSc. MSc. MRSB CBiol MIFM CEnv. LM
Director of Conservation and Protection
22 Victoria Road
Let There Be No Doubt About It
Let there be no doubt about it - Irish Water suspended drilling operations because the local fishermen told them straight up that they would not stand idly by and watch their valuable fishery at Carnagarve on Lough Foyle being destroyed.
They were told the drilling rig would be blocked if they attempted to tow it to the proposed pipe site. The drilling crew were told that they were being used as a battering ram by Irish Water. They stated that they were unaware of the fishermen's concerns.