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Petition launched over Stragill oyster farm 29.06.15

A PETITION has been launched to urge the Government to revoke a licence for oyster trestles on the beach at Stragill, Linsfort.
The online campaign claims that the "once-beautiful beach", that graces the Wild Atlantic Way outside Buncrana, has been "turned into an eyesore" and poses a potential danger at high tide.
Separately, a source told Inishowen News that a number of local and national authorities had been contacted about the oyster beds at Linsfort.
"I can't believe that the authorities concerned have sanctioned this. I personally did not see any planning permission nor any word of public consultation prior to this development. In fact, no one that I have spoken to saw anything either," said the source.
Correspondence sent by the Aquaculture and Foreshore Management Division of the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine to Donegal County Council shows that Donegal County Council were informed about the Stragill oyster bed planning application on June 6, 2014.
The oyster farm at Stragill.
The correspondence states that the Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht and other designated consultees including Bord Iascaigh Mhara; the Marine Institute and Údarás na Gaeltachta were also notified.
An increasing number of oyster beds have sprung up in other locations around Inishowen and the wider county in recent years.
The new petition, which already has more than 300 signatures, states:
"A ten year licence has been granted for 42 acres of oyster beds and the beach which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is being destroyed.
"The beach is now practically un-usable by the local community and public who have for years walked along the shore and enjoyed recreational activities on the beach during the summer months."
The petition continues: "As unsightly as the metal cages are at low tide they are also unmarked at high tide when submerged just below the surface and present a real safety hazard to children, swimmers, kayakers, boats and local wildlife."
Meanwhile, environmentalists claim that non-native species (namely farmed Pacific oysters) have the potential to overgrow our native species.
For petition details, click here .
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