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Fish Farming: Preventative Court Action Taken

As a preventative measure, the Parish Council of Ribeira Brava will apply to the courts to intervene if the current number of fish farming cages located near the coast of Ribeira Brava and Campanário is increased.

While waiting for the position of the Regional Government, the executive of that Parish Council, chaired by Marco Martins, took this decision unanimously at a meeting held last weekend.

“If the claim is confirmed, the judicial process is confirmed,” said Marco Martins to JM.  He is concerned that the fish farm located off the parish coastline will see an increase of 20 new cages alongside the two dozen already installed there.

“We will go to the European Court if we have to,” he added, recalling that “Madeira has 10 more municipalities which are not being subjected to fish farming.  Yet,” he said, “he does understand the benefits of aquaculture.”

The reason for this knee-jerk reaction is that aquaculture expansion has risen its head and yet again forced people into action.  There is currently a petition available at the parish offices at Ribeira Brava and Campanário for those who are opposed to aquaculture expansion in the area.

Samantha Gannon

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