Despite the views of some of the locals of Adrigole, BioAtlantis has said that a proposed kelp farm for the West Cork village could very well create jobs and will not cost any jobs.
Contrasting opinions lie with some of the locals, however, whose livelihoods could potentially be at risk.
Irish Examiner reporter, Noel Baker, and videographer Dan Linehan, met with Niall Niall MacAllister, owner of the West Cork Sailing and Powerboating Centre in Adrigole Bay, about the biotechnology company’s proposed plans.
Mr MacAllister spoke about the potential uncertainty that the kelp farm would bring to the Adrigole community.
“Certainly if the wildlife population diminishes to any extent here, there’s going to be an impact on my livelihood, my son’s livelihood,” Mr MacAllister said.
“There’s certainly going to be an impact on the livelihood of the local fishermen who have to catch the fish in the area,” he continued.
Mr MacAllister said that BioAtlantis, which has previously found itself in the crosshairs amongst the public, has contributed to “a culture of maximising natural resources within the country”.
“Nobody is really thinking about the long term impact of this harvesting of natural resources. We need to think a little bit longer term when we are going to give licenses for whatever it be gas, ocean farming,” he said.
“These are resources that belong to our generation and lots of future generations.”
Mr MacAllister believes the government should implement a baseline study which records the wildlife and different industries present in the area in order to assure people in the community.
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