The December-January issue of Inshore Ireland (Comment, page 3) refers to a letter from the European Commission to Dr Neil Hazon, co-ordinator of the SUMBAWS project.

The letter notes that SUMBAWS was accepted by the EU Commission as the ‘final report’.

Inshore Ireland stand by our belief that the version of the SUMBAWS report provided to us under FOI by the Marine Institute in March last year is the same version that passed between the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in July 2009.

This version of the SUMBAWS report was used by the Marine Institute to defend the Pilot Case taken against Ireland by an environmental NGO.