The Issue

A licence to Industrially Extract 1860 acres of Native Kelp in Bantry Bay has been issued to BioAtlantis, Tralee.  

NO Public Consultation took place. This licence was NOT Advertised Adequately. This licence has been issued with NO requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment [E.I.A.]

This is the largest industrial scale native Kelp Extraction Licence ever issued in Irish or British waters.



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The Government has indicated that it will not engage with us the people .  The have admitted that they did not adequately advertise  for the granting of thes licence  yet will not suspend, review or revoke it. We need to make them listen. 


Event's and action will follow. This is our country to cherish for ourselves and future generations. 



Public Meeting

Maritime Hotel, Bantry

Sunday  28/01/2018

At 4pm



Protect and Restore Bantry Bay’s Ecosystem

Come prepared to participate


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  • Raise the issue with family, friends and workmates

  • Educate yourself on the issue by visiting

  • Identify gaps in our information and help fill them by doing your own research. ie: Who are the directors/shareholders of Bioatlantis?

  • Become a guardian of our coastline by signing up here:

  • Call a public meeting in your area and help build the network

  • Contact local politicians and pressure them to act for us and the sea

  • Contact Bioatlantis and raise your concerns with them directly;

  • The BIGGER ISSUES:  Seaweed harvesting rights for the entire west coast have been sold off. Educate yourself about the ongoing theft and privatisation of Natural Resources.

We need to think before we act

And we need to act before it's too late

"I can only compare these great aquatic forests of the southern hemisphere with the terrestrial ones in the inter-tropical regions. Yet if in any country a forest was destroyed, I do not believe nearly so many species of animals would perish as would here, from the destruction of the kelp


Amidst the leaves of this plant numerous species of fish live, which nowhere else could find food or shelter; with their destruction the many cormorants and other fishing birds, the otters, seals, and porpoises, would soon perish"


~ Charles Darwin

Public consultation and advertising required

NO mention of 'MECHANICAL HARVEST'  ¦  NO mention of 'NATIVE KELP FOREST'  ¦  NO mention of '1860 ACRES OF BANTRY BAY'

Dept of Housing stated that a notice was placed in a national newspaper - no record can be found by the Dept. of the advertisement published


  1. No public meetings  
  2. No consultation with Bantry Bay Coastal Zone Charter Groups (formal framework for public consultation for developments in Bantry Bay).


  1. No information on development given to Cork County Council
  2. Notice placed in Bantry Bay Garda Station for 21 days - no access to copy of record on Dept. of Housing website


  1.  Advertisement placed by BioAtlantis in Southern Star Newspaper on 12th December 2009 states 'Occupy an area of foreshore for the purpose of harvesting specific seaweed at Bantry Bay'