Government to address aquaculture licensing

There is a firm commitment in Food Wise 2025 to address the problems in the aquaculture licencing system, says IFA aquaculture executive Richie Flynn.
Government to address aquaculture licensing

He said it is the first time the aquaculture industry has seen such a commitment. With 600 applications awaiting renewal, vital business plans, investments, and grant aid are being held up and the industry needs a short, sharp response with firm and measurable action.

Mr Flynn said rapidly dealing with the backlog of applications, some waiting up to eight years for movement, is the priority.

Removing the bottlenecks and ensuring that resources are effectively applied is a straightforward task.

Setting clear and achievable time limits from receipt of an application to a decision is simply best practice.

Benchmarking performance of the system against international standards, reducing all the red tape, imposing definitive deadlines and breaking the never-ending cycle of unnecessary delays has to be tackled courageously.

Mr Flynn said that IFA Aquaculture will hold the Government to the timelines in ‘Food Wise 2025’ and push for a definitive solution to this long-standing logjam.

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