Why is this important?
The largest kelp harvesting operation is due to start in Bantry Bay. Industrial harvesting like this has never before been allowed in Ireland. The local community and environmental experts believe it will destroy the delicate marine habitat in a vast area and will have huge knock on effects on marine life, fishing industry, tourism and jobs in West Cork.
The local community were not consulted. There is still time to stop it as Eoghan Murphy, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has yet to give final approval after studying the baseline research commissioned by the company Bio Atlantis.