Galician Marine Affairs Minister Rosa Quintana with the commission that will monitor the salmon cages in Noia. (Photo: Xoan Crespo, Xunta)
Evaluation of experimental salmon cages initiated
Thursday, February 02, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
A commission composed of representatives of the Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Fishing and Maritime Affairs of the Xunta de Galicia, the fishing industry and North West Food, the company developing a project for salmon farming in the estuary of Muros-Noia, will evaluate the impact of the experimental cages.
For more than two years, this company has two cages in the waters of this inlet, where salmon is bred in captivity.
The main objective of this research is to determine whether that habitat conditions are adapted to the potential of this type of aquaculture.
Therefore, the group will ask the College of Biologists of Galicia the appointment of five of its members so that they, independently, assess the situation and report if there is any harm in the marine environment because of the presence of the cages.
The Xunta explained that the initiative has favourable reports from the Aquaculture Cluster and the University of Vigo, which "appreciated the development of experimental farming in the Ria de Muros-Noia," EFE agency reported.
The committee comprises members of fishermen's associations of Muros, Noia, Portosín and Porto do Son.
In this regard, the commission members made it clear that this committee is not liable for the actions the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and North West Food may develop.
"For example, if the number of cages is extended it won’t be our fault because we participate in the commission only to receive information on the progress made so far", said one of the representatives of the Galician institutions, La Opinion informed.
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